World Bulletin/News Desk
Croatia's former prime minister Ivo Sanader and the country's biggest party were found guilty on Tuesday of rigging public tenders and abusing state funds.
Sanader, sentenced to 10 years' jail in another corruption trial in 2012, was given a new nine-year sentence by the Zagreb county court. The conservative HDZ party, now in opposition, was ordered to pay back about 29 million kuna ($5.26 million).
Judge Ivana Calic said Sanader and four other people had conspired to secure illegal funding for the HDZ from public firms from 2003 to 2009, when Sanader quit the government without explanation. He was later expelled from the party.Last Mod: 11 Mart 2014, 11:51