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SARIO boss claims media waged a war against him

BOSS of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency Jan Bajánek said that daily SME waged a war against him to damage his credit and harm Economy Minister Pavel Rusko through his person. Bajánek has sued the daily.

Earlier the month, Bajánek was charged with the crime of embezzlement in association with his management of the non-profit fund Dialog at a secondary grammar school in Sučany (Žilina region) from 1999 to 2000.

"You are a vicious swine," wrote Bajánek, whom Rusko appointed shortly after he gained the post of economy minister, to one of the SME reporters in a short text message by phone. At his last press conference, he asked the SME journalists who reported on the charges brought against him to leave the room, calling them "media terrorists".

The current management of the fund claims that Bajánek fraudulently transferred hundreds of thousands of crowns of the fund's assets into his private accounts.

SME daily wrote that Bajánek was an agent of the former communist secret police ŠtB.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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