Former PM Sanader to Remain in Prison

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Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader to remain behind bars.

The judge panel of the Zagreb County Court has again ruled on bail for Ivo Sanader, after Sanader’s lawyers delivered to the court a new list of properties which they have offered as a bail. However, the decision was again unfavourable for Sanader and his bail has been refused. His attorneys Jadranka Sloković and Čedo Prodanović have declined to comment on the decision, but they were visibly angry and upset when they exited the court building, reports on October 19, 2015.

“The panel has again rejected a proposal by Sanader’s defence which offered the bail in the form of seven properties. The reason for rejection is the property co-owned by Mirjana Sanader, since she is not registered as the owner and because the assessment of the value of one-third of the property has not been made. The property owned by Luka Bebić is also in question, since his statement is not compliant with the expert assessment. Also, the apartment offered by Josip Radoš is problematic because the permission was given by his wife who is not the owner and who has not a power of attorney”, spokesman for the court Krešimir Devčić explained to reporters.

“Luka Bebić has made a statement offering properties which have not been included in the expert assessment”, Devčić explained. Luka Bebić, who is a former speaker of Croatian parliament, has made a statement offering his house and the plot around it, but the expert assessment included more real estate that this. Bebić should give his assent for all the properties covered by the expert assessment.

Devčić added that this verdict will be written during tomorrow, and that the defence has the right to appeal after it receives the written decision. The deadline for the appeal is three days. The Supreme Court would decide on the appeal, even though Sanader’s defence can instead again offer cash or other properties worth at least 12.4 million kuna.


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