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Ex-Croatian PM Freed From Jail

Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader has been released from prison after the country's Supreme Court overturned a nine-year prison sentence for embezzlement and ordered a retrial.

Sanader said on November 25 that he will not return to politics, but will focus on the legal battle to clear himself of all charges.

Sanader was convicted last year for diverting around ten million euros from state-run firms, mainly to benefit himself and to go towards slush funds for his former HDZ party.

The court overturned his conviction last month citing violations of criminal proceedings and Sanader was granted release on condition that he posted bail of 12.4 million kuna ($1.7 million).

Earlier corruption convictions he received in different cases were overturned last year by the Supreme Court, which ordered retrials that are yet to start.

He has also been charged with abuse of power and corruption in two more cases.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa