Defense of former Prime Minister and President of HDZ Ivo Sanader has asked for a re-trial hearing in Hypo and INA-MOL cases, except for the president of Zagreb County Court Ivan Turudic and all other judges of that court.
Sanader's lawyers in front of the Zrinjevac County Court's office did not want to give statements.
But the director of Uskoka Tamara Laptoš confirmed that the defense demanded Turudić's exemption to which the Constitutional Court had recently ruled out the first verdict against Sanader, as well as all other Zagreb County judges.
Turudić's exemption, according to the Prosecutor's Office, was demanded by the Defense, since "the Constitutional Court stated in its decision that consideration should be given to the possibility of conducting proceedings before the new council" and "for some reasons why they have doubts" Turudić was biased in this case.
Sanader's defense also warned that the Constitutional Court in the explanation of the demolition of Sanader's verdict for war profits in the case of Hypo and the receipt of the bribe from Hungarian MOL, at the end of July, recommended that the trial should be conducted in front of the new Judicial Council.
Despite such an attitude, Judge Turudić immediately after the decision of the Constitutional Court stated that "there is no reason to re-trial Sanader".
Sanader's lawyers therefore announced that they would demand Turudić's exemption, due to doubts in the court's bias.
They also pointed out that for September, when scheduled disputes have been scheduled for re-trial in Sanader's trial, trials have already been scheduled in the case of Planina, where Sanader is also accused of corruption.
In September, as it is known in court, it should have been known whether Sanader would be tried together with MOL Director Zsolt Hernadi, who was to begin trial in February for bribing the former prime minister and the president of the HDZ. However, the initiation of this proceeding was postponed because the Supreme Court did not return the file that ended there after Hernadi's defense appealed because the entire documentation in this extensive case was not translated into Hungarian, with the argument that no matter what the judge in absentia is entitled to a file in a language that he understands.
At the end of September Sanader should also decide on the Supreme Court, which will consider appeals on the Fimi Media case, in which former Prime Minister Sanader and HDZ were found to be wrongfully found guilty of withdrawing money from state institutions and companies.
Following the decision of the Constitutional Court, Sanader, who had been serving a prison sentence of 8,5 years before, was returned to the regime of the investigative prison that was assigned to him in the case of Fimi Media.
The court is 26. on August, rejected Sanader's defense request to allow him to defend himself in freedom, guided by the court practice so far that an investigative jail in various cases can not be summed up.
Lawyers claiming that the statutory term of three and a half years lasts as long as the prison may last may have been the subject of a constitutional complaint.