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Fico: Police accuse SSC's former management of fraud

Slovak police have charged members of the former management of Slovenská Správa Ciest/SSC (Slovak Road Administration) with fraud in connection with the construction of the Branisko tunnel (Prešov region), Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said in Bern on April 14.

Slovak police have charged members of the former management of Slovenská Správa Ciest/SSC (Slovak Road Administration) with fraud in connection with the construction of the Branisko tunnel (Prešov region), Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said in Bern on April 14.

After his meeting with Swiss President Pascal Couchepin, Fico said that Slovak police had co-operated with Swiss police in the investigation, the TASR newswire wrote.

"Swiss police have gathered substantial evidence that the Branisko tunnel project was subject to corruption."

According to Fico, charges were brought on April 1. He thanked Swiss authorities for their assistance in uncovering the corruption.

More detailed information on the case will be released at an upcoming news conference, said Fico.

"It includes almost all SSC top management in the period when the tunnel was being built," added Fico. TASR

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