Hernádi to contest Croatian arrest warrant

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MOL chairman/CEO Zsolt Hernádi is contesting an arrest warrant issued for his person at Croatia's Constitutional Court, a court official confirmed to the national news service MTI today. The unnamed official said the court would discuss the matter in an accelerated procedure, but decline to comment on when a decision was expected.

Hernádi filed the case on January 10.

Daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet reported in its Monday issue that Hernádi had turned to the court; he is arguing that the failure of a lower court to allow him to appeal the warrant until in custody is a violation of his constitutional rights.

The Zagreb County Court issued a warrant for Hernádi's arrest in September after he failed to show up for a hearing called on suspicion that he had bribed former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader to give MOL management rights in Croatian peer INA.

After the warrant was issued, MOL said the manner in which Croatian authorities were proceeding was “in contradiction to supra-national European law.” It noted that Hungarian authorities had earlier dismissed the case for lack of wrongdoing, and these decisions were legally binding on MOL, a company bound by Hungarian law.

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