Croatia: Ex-PM jailed for corruption

A former Prime Minister, Ivo Sanader, was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday for taking bribes from two foreign companies.

He is the highest state official to be convicted of corruption in Croatia, which is due to join the European Union in July 2013.

A Zagreb county court found Sanader, 59, guilty of agreeing in 2008 to accept a payment from Hungary's energy group MOL of €5m in exchange for granting it full management rights over Croatia's oil concern INA.