Bribery charges laid in Macejko investigation

SPECIAL prosecutors have laid charges against a man who attempted to halt an investigation into the activities of former transport minister Jozef Macejko.

Macejko is suspected of misuse of business information in a state tender for the purchase of light trains for the national railway company ŽSR. Macejko was forced to step down from his post over the suspicions under the previous government of Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda.

According to press reports, the man currently being prosecuted, not named, is accused of bribery, and allegedly broke the law after someone close to Macejko's family asked him to try to stop investigation into the ex-minister's dealings.

According to state-run Slovak television channel STV, Macejko said he did not know anything about the case, but top state attorney Milan Hanzel confirmed that bribery charges had been laid.

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