Austrian court to decide on extradition of former Croatian PM Ivo Sanader

A court in Salzburg will decide on May 9 if former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader will be extradited to Croatia, held in detention for a further 60 days or released on bail.

Sanader is wanted in connection with a corruption investigation, and was arrested by police in Austria in December 2010. But his lawyer has said that his client “cannot” expect a fair trial if he is extradited back to his homeland, the report said.

“There are no conditions for a fair trial in Croatia under the Convention on Human Rights,” said Sanader, adding that he wished not to be extradited.

The Salzburg court, however, has confirmed that necessary documentation pertaining to his case has been received from Croatia and that the process is ready to proceed, the report said.

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