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Suspicious public tender under spotlight

THE SUPREME Audit Office has requested the inspection of one of Slovakia's biggest public procurement tenders ever, the Sk7.5 billion (€217.7 million) contract for an army information system, the Pravda daily reported on January 8.

THE SUPREME Audit Office has requested the inspection of one of Slovakia's biggest public procurement tenders ever, the Sk7.5 billion (€217.7 million) contract for an army information system, the Pravda daily reported on January 8.

The problematic public tender for the army's MOKYS communication system was won by BAE Systems and Sitno Holding at the end of 2005. Sitno Holding belongs to businessman Ľudovít Černák, Slovakia's former economy minister and close ally of former Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), which was in power at the time the contract was awarded.

According to Pravda, one of the members of the tender commission was Stanislav Kendra, who was a local councilor for the SDKÚ in the Bratislava district of Rača. Until now, the identity of the people who sat on the tender commission has been secret.

At the same time, the multinational BAE Systems is also being investigated by British detectives from the Serious Fraud Office under suspicion of having engaged in unfair practices when winning state orders in various countries.


- Martina Jurinová

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