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Motor fuel fraud case heading to the court

Six years after police started examining an extensive tax evasion case, with less-taxed light heating oil traded as diesel with higher excise taxes, the case is almost finished.

Police have so far charged 75 people, including former SDKÚ deputy Libuša Martinčeková, while a further 300 are suspected, the Sme daily wrote on November 5. Two suspects, Ján Kubašiak and Roman Krajči, were murdered this year. A source close to the police says the first part of the case could be brought to court in the spring.

Police estimate that the underworld has earned more than Sk100 billion from the fraud since 1989. However the police have evidence on frauds worth about Sk600 million from 2001 to 2003.

Martinčeková says police misinterpreted the law on excise taxes.

-SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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