MIKULÁŠ Vareha, a businessman who was tried in the biggest case of tax fraud in the history of Slovakia, was hospitalised in the Trenčín hospital for prison inmates due to sudden health problems, the SITA newswire reported.

Vareha’s court trial will thus not continue as scheduled, and the respective senate of the Specialised Penal Court in Banská Bystrica cancelled the scheduled court sessions for this week.

The new hearing was schedule for the purpose of providing more evidence, as requested by the Supreme Court, which cancelled the original verdict from April 2013, which sent Vareha to prison for 11 years for tax evasion. The court also ordered him to pay a fine of €100,000.

It is not clear at the moment how long he will remain hospitalised, SITA reported. For the moment, the court sessions scheduled for December 10 and 18 remain in place.

Vareha can only be kept in custody until March 2014. If his case is not closed by then, he will have to be released, SITA wrote.

For more information on this story see Vareha’s case returns to start

Source: SITA

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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