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Croatia Jails Former PM Ivo Sanader for Taking Bribes - Corruption Currents - WSJ

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A Croatian court sentenced former prime minister Ivo Sanader to 10 years in prison for taking millions of euros in bribes and profiting from war.

Sanader, who served as prime minister from 2003 to 2009, was convicted of taking bribes from Hungarian energy giant MOL and an Austrian bank, according to an AFP report.

He showed no emotion, AFP reported, as Judge Ivan Turudic told him he had been found guilty beyond reasonable doubt, and would be back behind bars while awaiting a possible appeal.

“With your behavior you not only harmed Croatia’s vital interests but also its reputation in the world,” the judge was quoted by AFP as saying, adding that the verdict was intended to send a message to public officials.

The case had been closely watched by the European Union, which is monitoring how Zagreb fights corruption. Croatia is set to become an EU member in July of next year.