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The commencement of a retrial in the case dubbed Fimi Media involving former Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Ivo Sanader is scheduled for 6 June.

In the autumn of 2015 the Supreme Court quashed a guilty verdict against Sanader, the HDZ and other defendants and ordered the retrial in the Fimi Media case due to breaches of criminal proceedings rules and violation of the right to a fair trial.

Under the quashed ruling, Sanader was given nine years for corruption and was ordered to pay back 15.27 million kuna into the state budget, which he had allegedly obtained in an unlawful way. Under the non-final verdict, the HDZ was fined five million kuna and in case the County Court's ruling had become final, a total of HRK 24.2 million, believed to be illegally gained, would be confiscated from the party's bank account.

The other defendants in the Fimi Media scandal are former HDZ treasurer Mladen Barisic, former HDZ chief accountant Branka Pavosevic, Fimi Media owner Nevenka Jurak, and former HDZ and government spokesman Ratko Macek. Barisic was given three years, Pavosevic 1.5 years and Jurak two years plus a fine of 2.5 million kuna. Ratko Macek, who received a one-year sentence suspended for four years, which was the most lenient sentence in the first trial, was the only one not to appeal the ruling.

At a preparatory hearing held on Tuesday, the Zagreb County Court set the commencement of the retrial for 6 June.

Although they pleaded guilty at the first trial, the defendants -- Barisic, Jurak and Pavosevic --  last week decided to enter a non-guilty plea at a preparatory hearing for the retrial.

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