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Prosecutor General now able to block Tipos payment

Prosecutor General Dobroslav Trnka has gained the legal power to postpone the payment of Sk1.907 billion (€63.3 million) to Czech entrepreneur Radovan Vitek by state-owned lottery and betting company Tipos, it was announced on December 1, the TASR newswire wrote.

Prosecutor General Dobroslav Trnka has gained the legal power to postpone the payment of Sk1.907 billion (€63.3 million) to Czech entrepreneur Radovan Vitek by state-owned lottery and betting company Tipos, it was announced on December 1, the TASR newswire wrote.

Tipos was ordered to pay Vitek the sum after the company was found to have stolen the know-how for operating and organising lotteries in Slovakia from Czech betting company Športka.

Trnka's new powers result from an amendment to the Civil Court Procedure that was approved in Parliament on November 28 via a fast-track procedure. It was signed on the same day by President Ivan Gašparovič. Although the prosecutor-general was already allowed to submit emergency appeals to the Supreme Court, the court's decisions still had to be carried out pending the results. Trnka now has the power to block decisions pending the verdict of the appeal.

According to the new rules, the prosecutor-general is obliged to submit justification for an emergency appeal, but has 60 days to do so. The amendment relates not only to rulings made after the new legislation comes into force, but also those made beforehand. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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