THE ANTI-corruption Office has finished its investigation of the tunneling of the erstwhile Devín bank, Interior Minister Vladimír Palko said on August 17.
Police will shortly submit a complete file containing a proposal for charging 14 individuals. A team of specialists investigated the tunnelling, the infractions of trusteeship relations, offenses related to the conversion of funds, the illegal possession of weapons, as well as related murders since 2002, news wire TASR wrote.
The organised gang is suspected of three murders, according to the investigators. In total, the bank suffered losses of Sk57 million (€1.4 million) as a result of the criminal activities and eight people are currently in pre-trial custody.
In early 2002, two bankruptcy-trustees (together with seven other people) transferred approximately Sk22 million (€545 thousand) to another company Slovdrev, whose three executive agents, dubbed "white horses", later became inconvenient.
Later on, the amount was transferred to several other accounts that the bankruptcy-trustees used for their personal purposes. Slovdrev's agent Anton Bujňák was murdered on August 11, 2002, Zoltán Nyitrai in April, 2002, and, finally, Štefan Holub was murdered in autumn 2002.
"Investigators have proven that they are able to investigate the most serious economic and violent crimes professionally," Palko added. No information was provided as to whether further arrests could be expected in the near future.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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18. Aug 2004 at 10:20