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Suspicious land deal faces audit

Agriculture Minister Miroslav Jureňa has ordered an audit of the transfer of lucrative land plots to settle the restitution claims of a woman from the south of Slovakia, the Sme daily reported on August 22.

The minister's spokeswoman, Magdaléna Fajtová, said he asked the Slovak Land Fund - which carried out the transfer - for an explanation.

The fund's deputy director, Branislav Bríza, signed a contract in April that allowed Hildegarda Schulzová, 91, of Nitra to become the owner of lucrative plots in the village of Vígľaš. She subsequently sold them to a private company that wants to build an industrial park there.

Bríza also signed similar contracts with people eligible for restitution who were from southern Slovakia and got lucrative plots in Veľký Slavkov near the High Tatras. One of them was Schulzová, writes the daily.

-SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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