Deputy PM resigns in Croatia over road crash verdict

Croatian Deputy Prime Minister Radimir Cacic Cacic also served as economy minister

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A Croatian deputy prime minister has resigned after appeal judges in Hungary sentenced him to 22 months in prison over a fatal car crash.

The judges overturned a suspended sentence against Radimir Cacic, who caused the crash in 2010.

He had been driving on a Hungarian motorway when he collided with another car, killing two people.

Cacic announced his resignation in the Croatian capital Zagreb after returning from an investment trip to Qatar.

"Aware of my responsibilities to the state, the government and Croatian citizens, I am resigning from the government," he told reporters.

His lawyer said earlier that Cacic would not appeal against the verdict in Hungary, the Associated Press reports.

Judges at the court in the southern Hungarian city of Kaposvar ruled he could be paroled after serving half his sentence.

Cacic had been on his way to Budapest when he collided with the other vehicle on the M7 motorway.

He pleaded guilty during his first trial in June but said fog had seriously impaired his visibility.

He was initially handed a three-year suspended jail sentence for the accident. Both the prosecution and defence appealed against the verdict.

Cacic also serves as Croatia's economy minister in the centre-left government of Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic.

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