Former Croatian Prime Minister Mr Sanader appeared in court on 30 September 2011 to hear a confirmation of his indictment, a necessary step for the judges to formally start his trial on corruption charges. He has been indicted for accepting $646,000 bribe from the Hypo Alpe Adria Group in 1994 and 1995, when he was deputy foreign minister.
As reported in the September edition of the Corruption Digest, Mr Sanader has also been charged with allegedly taking a $13.5 million bribe in return for ensuring that MOL (a Hungarian energy company) had a dominant position in Croatia’s market which equated to a 47.46 per cent share in Croatia’s oil and gas company INA.
Mr Sanader led the Croatian Government for 6 years until he resigned in 2009. In July he was extradited to Croatia from Austria on several allegations of corruption. Mr Sanader is the highest Croatian official ever to be indicted for these type of charges.