Croatia: newspaper owner arrested

Robert Ježić, majority owner of the Croatian daily Novi List, was arrested in Zagreb yesterday. His arrest is thought to be connected with the flight of former PM Ivo Sanader, who exited Croatia yesterday morning, hours before the parliament lifted his immunity from prosecution, thus opening pending corruption inquiries against him. Ježić, who is also the owner of the petrol-chemistry company Dioki, managed to pay considerably less for energy consumption thanks to Sanader, the anti-crime bureau USKOK revealed. Both Sanader and Ježić are alleged to be involved in the Hypo Alpe Adria Bank affair.