Former Croatian PM to be extradited from Austria

Former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader will be extradited from Austria back to his homeland on Monday to face corruption charges.

Sanader, who led the Croatian government from 2003 to 2009, is expected to leave Austria via its border with Slovenia before then travelling to Croatia. He was arrested in Austria in December on an international arrest warrant issued by authorities in Zagreb on suspicion of abuse of power and corruption.

The fight against corruption is among key criteria Zagreb has to meet to join the European Union. Croatia, set to join the bloc in mid-2013, has stepped up its anti-graft fight since Kosor took over.

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