Ivo Sanader, former prime minister of Croatia from 2003 to 2009.was on Friday, 27th November 2020 convicted for 8 years in jail for corruption. Sanader was found guilty of channeling state money through an advertising agency for personal gain and to benefit his former party, the conservative Croatian Democratic Union.
The verdict by the Country Court in Zagreb was arrived at following a retrial after Sanader’s previous conviction was overturned on procedural grounds.
The 67-year-old has denied the allegations and is set to appeal again. He did not attend Friday’s court proceedings. Two of his associates were also convicted and sentenced to two years and ten months in prison. While his former party was fined €462,000 and ordered to return €1.8 million.
Sanader is the highest-ranking official tried for graft in Croatia and his conviction comes after several indictments and multiple corruption cases.