Ex-Croatian premier back home

By the Associated Press | July 18, 2011 | 5:14 PM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, who left his country while being investigated for corruption, was extradited home from Austria on Monday night.

After a judge approved his release from a prison in Salzburg, Austria, Croatian police escorted him to Zagreb, where he was imprisoned, Croatian police spokesman Krunoslav Borovec said on Croatian TV.

Sanader was the premier of Croatia for six years before resigning in 2009.

On Dec. 10, 2010, Croatian authorities issued an international arrest warrant suspecting him of corruption while in office. The previous day Sanader had left Croatia on what he called a business trip to Austria, raising suspicion that he knew he was about to be arrested.

Austrian police took him into custody soon after he arrived there and had held him in prison until the extradition order was given.

Sanader has denied any wrongdoing.