Court turns down second bail motion by Sanader’s defence


A non-trial panel of judges of the Zagreb County Court on Monday refused a second motion by former prime minister Ivo Sanader’s defence team asking that he be released from custody while standing trial on corruption-related charges in exchange for bail in the form of a lien on seven properties.

It is still not known why the motion was rejected and a court spokesperson was expected to explain the reasons subsequently.

The last motion came after the Zagreb County Court on October 6 refused to accept as the guarantee a 12.4 million kuna lien on a part of the Sanader family house and a villa owned by one of his attorneys. The court rejected the motion because one property did not have ownership matters sorted out while the other did not have a valid building permit.

The last bail motion referred to properties owned by Sanader’s friends – former parliament speaker Luka Bebic, former Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) MPs Jerko Rosin and Mario Zubovic, Josip Rados and Jerko Dusko Suic – and his wife Mirjana.

Bebic, Rosin, Zubovic and Mirjana Sanader had already helped release Sanader from custody in December 2011, when he was released pending the final verdict in the INA-MOL corruption case and when a record-high bail of 12.4 million kuna was set.

The last bail, of the same value, was set by the Supreme Court when it quashed the non-final verdict of the Zagreb County Court in the Fimi Media case in which Sanader and his former HDZ party had been indicted for siphoning money from state institutions and companies.