Austria to extradite ex-Croatia PM for corruption charges

July 18, 2011 19:42

VIENNA - Austria will extradite former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader later on Monday to face corruption charges in his home country, the Austria Press Agency reported, citing judicial sources.

Sanader will be driven from western Austria over the border into Slovenia before crossing into Croatia, APA reported.

Sanader was arrested while driving on an Austrian highway on Dec. 10, a day after the Croatian parliament lifted his immunity from prosecution. An Austrian court ruled earlier this year that he could be extradited.

Croatian prosecutors have launched several anti-corruption probes against Sanader, including one to investigate suspicions he was behind a plan to create slush funds for his conservative HDZ party during his term as prime minister from 2004-9.

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