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Majský to remain in custody

ONE of Slovakia's richest businessmen, Jozef Majský, who is charged with stripping assets from two failed pyramid schemes (BMG Invest and Horizont Slovakia) in 2002, was taken into custody on December 1.

A judge with the Special Court for organized crime cases had issued a warrant for Majský's arrest because he was not living at the address he had given the court, nor was he accepting court mail or attending the trial.

"It's unlawful," Majský said as a special police unit led him from the courtroom. Majský's lawyer, Peter Filip, appealed the decision.

On November 30, police launched a nationwide search for the businessman before arresting him at around 18:00 in his mansion in the village of Obyce (Nitra region), from where he was escorted to Bratislava.

The police initially had problems locating Majský, searching all companies connected with the businessman without success.

According to Filip, his client had been staying in Obyce since he was released from the National Cardiology Hospital in Bratislava recently. Filip regards the nationwide police search as a misunderstanding, and said the Special Court had issued the warrant due to media pressure.

Majský, 60, was arrested in late 2002 and jailed during the investigation of his case to prevent him from influencing witnesses. In 2004, however, Attorney General Dobroslav Trnka unexpectedly released him on bail.

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