Kožený: Široký corrupted Slovak politicians

CZECH businessman Viktor Kožený, the former boss of the Harvard Investment Funds company active during the voucher privatisation phase that followed the fall of communism in the former Czechoslovakia, has accused the head of the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation, Juraj Široký, of using funds siphoned from the company to corrupt Slovak politicians. The Czech news agency ČTK in New York received the allegations through Kožený’s lawyers, the daily SME wrote. Široký has called his former partner’s words “nonsense”. Slovak police recently launched an investigation into Harvard Funds after a criminal complaint was filed by the fund’s liquidator, Zdeněk Častorál. According to Častorál, more than $50 million flowed from the Czech Republic into companies in Slovakia controlled by Druhá strategická, of which Široký is a board member.

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