Austria sending ex-Croatia PM home

2011-05-09 16:44

Vienna - An Austrian court on Monday authorised the extradition of Croatia's former prime minister Ivo Sanader back to his homeland where he has been accused of abuse of power and corruption.

Sanader's legal team immediately announced that they planned to appeal the decision of the court in the city of Saltzburg, arguing that the former premier would not have a fair trial back in Croatia.

A final decision will be taken by a court in the northern city of Linz, according to Austria's APA news agency, and Sanader will remain in custody until then.

Sanader, who led the Croatian government from 2003 to 2009, was arrested in Austria in December on an international arrest warrant issued by authorities in Zagreb on suspicion of abuse of power and corruption.

He has denied any wrongdoing and accused his successor and former confidante, Jadranka Kosor, of orchestrating a campaign against him.