The Prosecutor General's Office will require the parties in the Tipos dispute to fill in all materials to enable it to decide on a motion proposed by opposition SDKÚ vice-chairman Ivan Mikloš to lodge an appeal against the Supreme Court's ruling on the case, spokesperson Jana Tokolyová said on November 25.
The Slovak Supreme Court ruled recently that Slovakia's state-owned betting and lottery company Tipos has to pay Czech lottery company Sportka Sk1.9 billion (€63.3 million) in compensation for stealing its know-how.
For now, the Prosecutor General's Office has registered Mikloš's motion. According to Tokolyová, however, it hasn't received any materials on which to base a decision. The Finance Ministry has agreed to pay the aforementioned sum to Športka's owner, Radovan Vitek. This move has been criticised by Mikloš, who says that the ministry should have appealed instead. If that didn't work, it would be better to allow Tipos to go bankrupt and then set up a new company than to pay out the agreed sum, he added.
Finance Minister Ján Počiatek has criticised that idea as tantamount to a crime. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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26. Nov 2008 at 12:30