Former Croatia Airlines director Ivica Misetic reiterated on Tuesday in the trial of former Prime Minister and former HDZ party leader Ivo Sanader, who is charged with siphoning money from state institutions and companies into his party's slush fund, that Sanader had spent up to one and a half million kuna (200,000 euros) on plane tickets over several years.
The tickets were used for private travel and Sanader ordered them for himself and members of his family on his own or through his secretary, Misetic said, noting that he sent the tickets that were paid for in cash.
The former airline director said that during his term in office Sanader spent around one to one a half million kuna on plane tickets.
Also testifying today was former HT telecom CEO Ivica Murdinic, who said that HT did not cooperate with Fimi Media, the company which the prosecution alleges the HDZ used for siphoning money from state institutions and companies.
Mudrinic could not remember having attended a meeting at the government offices at which Sanader allegedly instructed heads of public companies to cooperate with Fimi Media.
The former HT CEO said that he could not remember if Fimi Media was mentioned at that meeting as the meeting was irrelevant for him.
Standing trial in this case are also the HDZ, as the first party to have been indicted for corruption, former HDZ treasurer and customs chief Mladen Barisic, Fimi Media owner Nevenka Jurak, former HDZ accountant Branka Pavosevic and a former spokesman for the Ivo Sanader government and the HDZ, Ratko Macek.
At the start of the retrial in this case, which was requested by the Supreme Court, and unlike at the original trial, all the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges of siphoning money from state institutions and companies into the party's slush fund through Fimi Media.