A Slovak prosecutor from Nitra region has laid charges against 19 people in one of the biggest cases of fraud in Slovak history, the illegal use of about Sk500 million (then $20 million) in money from the IRB state bank from 1991-1992. The money was allegedly used by the accused to buy up property in the 'small-scale privatisation' phase. Two of the defendants had fled to the US, but were arrested and returned to Slovakia by Interpol.
Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
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