MOL chief removed from Interpol most wanted list

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Zsolt Hernádi, Chairman-CEO of Hungarian oil and gas company MOL disappeared from Interpol’s most wanted list yesterday according to a report by online daily nol.hu, who first made the discovery.

It is unclear what prompted this latest revision in Hernádi status. The MOL Chairman-CEO first made it onto the list when Croatian police issued a warrant for his arrest in the autumn of 2013 on suspicion he had bribed former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader to give MOL management rights in Croatian peer INA, according to reports.

MTI reported earlier that Hernádi’s name was removed from the list in March of the following year after his case came under review by the Commission for the Control of Interpolʼs Files, but was placed back on the list in February of this year.

Reports speculate that there may be a connection between Hernádi’s removal from the Interpol list and Sanader’s release from prison yesterday, ordered by the Zagreb County Court. According to legal opinions expressed earlier, Hernádi can only be removed from the Interpol list if the authority issuing the arrest warrant revokes the request.

The developments in the case of both Sanader and Hernádi could be instrumental in moving forward on the dispute between MOL and Zagreb over management rights in INA.

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