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SPP trial postponed

Proceedings in a promissory notes case between Slovak gas utility SPP and the Czech Union Banka were put off until November 15 following a complaint by SPP lawyer Ernest Valko that the trial judge was unfamiliar with the case details.

Union Banka is demanding Slovak gas giant SPP honour promissory notes allegedly signed by former company chief Ján Ducký. Dismissed from his post following the election of the Dzurinda government in September 1998, Ducký was murdered just months later by unknown killers.

During his time as boss at SPP, the associate of former Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar allegedly signed more than 30 promissory notes, some with amounts left blank.

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