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SARIO top official suspected of fraud

Jan Bajánek, who the new economy minister, Pavol Rusko, charged with the management of the governmental investment development agency SARIO, is suspected of fraud, writes daily SME.

When serving as chairman of the board of the non-profit fund Dialog in Sučany, Bajánek reportedly fraudulently transferred Sk580,000 (€14,000) to the account of his firm, Business Communication Bratislava.

The daily claims that Pavol Rusko's nominee is a former agent of the Communist secret police (ŠtB). Before 1989, he worked at the US embassy in Prague as a director of the US library but he was forced to quit due to suspicions of activities harming the interests of the embassy.

On October 16, Rusko recalled the head of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency, Ladislav Balko, and charged Bajánek with temporary management of the organization.

Rusko considered SARIO's operation deficient.

In the past, Bajánek was supposed to take the top post of the private TV company Markíza and was a cofounder of the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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