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Croat Ex-Prime Minister, His Party Charged With Corruption

Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader
Prosecutors on have brought new corruption charges against Croatia's former prime minister Ivo Sanader and his outgoing conservative party.

The Croatian Democratic Union party, which lost the general elections last weekend, is accused of siphoning off state money for inappropriate use.

Prosecutors say several party officials conspired to make gains of about $5.5 million, with almost $3 million allegedly going to Sanader.

Sanader is already on trial on allegations of taking bribes from Austrian and Hungarian companies. He denies the charges.

The new indictment comes as Croatia signed a treaty to join the European Union in 2013. The country must root out corruption as part of EU integration.

compiled from agency reports