VIENNA — Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader was
arrested Friday on an international warrant a day after he left his home
country amid a corruption probe.
Sanader was taken into custody
on the expressway connecting the provinces of Salzburg and Carinthia and
then brought to the detention facilities of the Salzburg provincial
court, said Alexander Marakovits, a spokesman for the Austrian Federal
Office of Criminal Investigations.
The arrest came after "intense
cooperation" between Croatian, Austrian and German authorities that
began in the early hours of Friday morning, he said.
abruptly resigned as prime minister 17 months ago, left Croatia on
Thursday morning, when it became clear that prosecutors wanted to
investigate him for allegedly conspiring to commit crimes and abuse of
office. He was last seen driving into neighboring Slovenia on Thursday
Croatia's Office for Suppression of Organized Crime and
Corruption said Sanader is suspected of conspiring to commit crimes and
abuse of office. It did not disclose details of the ongoing
investigation, but at its request Zagreb district court ordered
Sanader's 30-day detention.
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