The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the prosecutor's appeal to the decision of a panel of non-trial judges under which former prime minister Ivo Sanader can be released from prison after the title to the properties offered as bail is formally conveyed to the state.
The case was referred to the trial court for reconsideration. Bail had been set at 12.4 million kuna (1.65 million euros).
Prosecutors from the Office for the Prevention of Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK) had appealed the bail ruling saying that one of the properties offered was illegal and the estimated value of another was questionable.
In this case Sanader had been found guilty of siphoning funds from public companies and state institutions into a slush fund of his former HDZ party, but the ruling was quashed and a retrial ordered. Sanader has been in prison since November 2012.