Prosecutors in the trial of former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader in the Hypo Alpe Adria Bank and INA-MOL corruption cases are due to present their closing arguments on Wednesday, while the defence will do so on Thursday. The Trial Chamber presided over by Judge Ivan Turudic is expected to announce its judgment on Friday or early next week.
The prosecution's closing statement will be made by deputy directors of the Office for the Prevention of Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK) Tamara Laptos and Vanja Marusic, who will support the charge of war profiteering in the Hypo Alpe Adria Bank case and the charge of taking 10 million euros in bribes from the Hungarian oil company MOL in exchange for ensuring it a dominant position in the Croatian oil company INA.
Sanader dismissed all the charges, accusing Chief Public Prosecutor Mladen Bajic and his successor as Prime Minister and leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party, Jadranka Kosor, of his prosecution. He said that USKOK had not taken into account the fact that the same charges had been dismissed by Hungarian prosecutors who had found that no bribes had been paid to him.