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Croatia Supreme Court reduces ex-PM's sentence
Croatia Supreme court confirms guilty verdict but reduces ex-PM Sanader's corruption sentence
Associated Press
2014-06-13 11:42 PM

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- Croatia's Supreme Court has confirmed that a former prime minister is guilty of accepting bribes, but reduced his prison sentence from 10 to 8? years.

Both decisions were announced on Friday by the Zagreb County Court, which originally convicted Ivo Sanader in 2012.

Sanader was found guilty of accepting 10 million euros ($13 million) from Hungarian oil company MOL to secure controlling rights in Croatia's state oil company INA. He also received 545,000 euros ($737,000) for a credit deal with Hypo Alpe Adria Group giving the Austrian bank a leading market position.

Sanader, who served from 2004-2009, has denied the charges. The Zagreb court said this week it would try in absentia MOL chairman Zsolt Hernadi, who remains in Hungary.

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