Suspicions of fraud, which date back some three or more years, are linked to the construction of the third and fourth reactors of Mochovce nuclear power plant, the daily SME reported.
Twenty-three people have already been charged with the crimes of fraud and of founding, planning, and supporting a criminal group. Allegedly, the group had been tunnelling power producer Slovenské Elektrárne (SE).
According to SITA news wire, Interior Minister Vladimír Palko told the press that the fraud was committed in connection with a payment of Sk1.5 billion (€36.49 million) by SE to the general contractor Škoda Praha and its subcontractors, twelve Slovak and Czech companies.
Although SE was clearly willing to pay the bill, three Slovak mediating companies were involved in collecting claims without any justification based on a contract with the former management of Škoda Praha, claims Palko.
Police have so far discovered that these firms drew Sk144 million (€3.5 million). As a commission for mediating the transactions, in some cases they received as much as 70 percent of the owned sums, Palko stated.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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2. Oct 2003 at 10:54