Ex-transport ministry officials to face corruption charges

FORMER transport minister for the ruling Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) Jozef Macejko will most likely face corruption charges along with former head of the ministerial office Peter Kľučka and the former deputy minister, Michal Balogh.

The officials are suspected of interference in a tender for 35 light trains and pushing for the French firm Alstom even though the Swiss-Slovak DMU GTW consortium, composed of ZOS Vrutky and the Swiss firm Stadler, won the tender.

The scandal broke out in June, 2002. Macejko was soon recalled from his post; after a letter was sent by then SDKÚ member Peter Kresánek to PM Mikuláš Dzurinda in which Kresánek wrote that it did not make a difference to SDKÚ whether the French or the Swiss won the tender.

Then acting transport minister Ivan Mikloš cancelled the tender in September 2002.

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
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