Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Austria authorizes extradition of former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader

The Court of Salzburg has approved Monday the extradition to Croatia of former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, suspected of embezzlement in the country and detained since last December 10 in Austria. Thus, Sanader will face in their own 'home' to corruption charges. "The extradition can take place," confirmed Hans Rathgeb, president of the Regional Court of Salzburg.

Sanader was arrested late last year in the Central European country, based on an international arrest warrant issued by the Croatian Justice against the former 'Premier' from diversion of funds and corruption. The Conservative leader, who has been leading the Croatian government from 2003 to 2009, is accused of several cases of corruption that a total of six million euros.

Sanader has denied any involvement in these incidents and alleged victim of a "media witch hunt" led by conservative Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor. Sanader's research is an initiative of the country to combat corruption, the cases for which Croatia will have to address if you want to go as planned in the European Union in 2012.

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