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Investigation of Devín banka crime ended

THE ANTI-corruption Office has finished its investigation of the tunnelling of the erstwhile Devín banka, 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 tunneling, the infractions of trusteeship relations, offenses related to the conversion of funds, and the illegal possession of weapons as well as related murders since 2002, the 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 (€545,000) 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 was murdered in April, 2002, and, finally, Štefan Holub was murdered in the autumn of 2002.

"Investigators have proven that they are able to professionally investigate the most serious economic and violent crimes," Palko added.

No information was provided as to whether further arrests can be expected in the near future.

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