Ex-Croatian PM convicted of corruption

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Zagreb County Court ruled that former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader accepted a bribe of €10 million to give Hungarian conglomerate MOL controlling rights over Croatian energy company INA | Pool Photo/Getty Images

Hungarian energy chief was found guilty of bribing former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader.

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A Croatian court on Monday found the country’s former prime minister and the CEO of a Hungarian energy firm guilty on corruption charges.

Zagreb County Court ruled that former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader accepted a bribe of €10 million to give Hungarian conglomerate MOL controlling rights over Croatian energy company INA, according to N1 news channel.

Sanader was sentenced to six years in prison, and MOL CEO Zsolt Hernadi sentenced to two years. However, the rulings — the result of a retrial — can be appealed.

Sanader is currently in prison following a different corruption conviction, and faces further trials.

Croatian authorities are not able to detain Hernadi, according to N1. Hungary has claimed he was acquitted of similar charges in a private suit.

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