Ex-Croat PM charged with taking bribe

AP News
Posted: Sep 23, 2011 8:34 AM
Ex-Croat PM charged with taking bribe

Prosecutors have charged former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader with allegedly taking a euro10- million ($13.5-million) bribe that secured Hungarian energy company MOL a dominant position in Croatia's market.

Croatian prosecutors said in Friday statement that Sanader took the commission in 2008 before the deal signed with MOL in 2009, which handed the company a 47.46 percent share in Croatia's oil and gas company INA.

The prosecutors also say they delivered documents to Hungary allegedly implicating an unidentified "high-ranking" MOL official in the affair. Sanader and MOL deny any wrongdoing.

Sanader was the prime minister of Croatia for six years before resigning in 2009. He was extradited to Croatia from Austria in July to face several corruption probes.