Croatia's former PM Sanader released on bail

December 16, 2011 17:45


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ZAGREB - Croatia's former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, on trial for corruption, was released from custody on bail of $2.2 million on Friday after more than a year, but ordered not to leave the capital Zagreb without court permission.

The bail of 12.6 million kuna ($2.2 million), comprises 300,000 euros ($390,000) in cash and a mortgage guarantee on property owned by his wife and friends. His release was in line with this month's Constitutional Court ruling he should no longer be detained.

"All preconditions for Sanader's release have been met. In case of his escape the state would take over the offered bail," Zagreb county court spokesman, Kresimir Devcic, was quoted as saying by state news agency Hina.

Sanader also had to deposit his passport with the court. He was arrested last December in Austria and extradited to Croatia in July.

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