Corruption Trial: Sanader paid singer 515,000 Euros Croatian Times
Former treasurer of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Mladen Barisic, has given detailed evidence today (Mon) as the country's biggest ever corruption scandal trial continued in the Zagreb County Court, reported Croatian radio television.
Tapes of Barisic's interviews with the anti corruption unit USKOK were shown in court where he explained how former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader had complete control over access to the party coffers, and also the so called slush funds.
The former treasurer went into detail how he took 2 million Euros in a bag to the house of Sanader. Barisic also described in his evidence how Sanader decided to pay well known Croatian singer Marko Perkovic Thompson 515,000 Euros, not to sing for any political party during the lead up to the elections.
Barisic in his depositions explained how money had been drawn through the company "Fimi Media" to pay costs of hotel accommodation for Sanader's brothers. He also said that he was requested by the former prime minister to pay the import costs of a luxury old-timer Mercedes for his friend Mario Zubovic.
HDZ, Barisic, Sanader, former party spokesman Ratko Macek, former accountant Branka Pavosevic, and the owner of Fimi Media marketing agency, Nevenka Jurak, face charges of siphoning off more than 70 million kuna (9,5 million Euros) from state institutions and companies.