Translated from Dutch news agency ANP today:
“Ex-Prime Minister of Croatia flees to the U.S. ‘
ZAGREB – Croatian media reported on Tuesday that former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader and his family have fled to the United States. The judiciary in the capital Zagreb is said to prepare an indictment against him because of massive corruption.
The newspaper Jutarnji List reported last Friday that Croatia during the premiership of Sanader suffered damage by corruption of at least 1.4 billion kuna (200 million euro).
According to the Croatian internet portal Index, Sanader received 20 percent commission on credits which the very wealthy Croatian businessman Miroslav Kutla got because of Sanader. Sanader is also said to have been involved in fraud with fictitious invoices to an agency owned by the partner of one of his close colleagues. This is said to have cost the State of Croatia 16.5 million kuna (2.2 million euro) are affected. The owner of the agency was arrested last week.
The name of the former Prime Minister was also mentioned in connection with a money laundering scandal of the German-Austrian Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank. His involvement in that scandal was the reason for his sudden resignation last July.
Sanader has his involvement in the Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank scandal in common with Austrian fellow Rightist Jörg Haider.
Jörg Haider’s Legacy: Corruption Scandals Shake Faith in Austrian Democracy: here.