Croatia began a retrial on Monday of former prime minister Ivo Sanader on corruption charges, including a case of a bribe allegedly taken from Hungarian oil firm MOL to allow it acquire a dominant stake in Croatia’s biggest utility.
In July, Croatia’s Constitutional Court annulled two corruption convictions against Sanader, for which he received eight-and-a-half years in prison, citing procedural errors, and ordered the retrial.
Sanader, prime minister from 2004 to 2009, was convicted of taking the bribe from MOL in 2008 so it could take the stake in Croatian oil firm INA. Sanader and MOL have denied any wrongdoing.
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