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Croatia Supreme Court overturns ex-premier's guilty verdict, orders retrial in graft case


ZAGREB, Croatia — Croatia's Supreme Court has overturned a graft verdict against former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader and ordered a retrial, citing unspecified violations of the right to a fair trial.

The court said in a statement Thursday it had set bail at 1.6 million euros ($1.78 million) for Sanader's release from detention, on condition he reports to authorities once a week and surrenders his passport.

Sanader was convicted last year of siphoning millions in state money while in power and sentenced to nine years in prison as part of efforts by the European Union's newest member to root out corruption.

Sanader, who was in office from 2004 to 2009, was sentenced separately to 10 years in prison for bribery in 2012, but that verdict too has been overturned.

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