ACCORDING to police information, entrepreneur Ján Daniš was asked to help finance the Royal Golf Resort project near Veľký Biel. Daniš was a business partner of Bratislava mobster Peter Steinhübel, who was murdered in 1999.
Daniš’ company Quantum Invest was also a business partner of Libor Červenka’s CI Holding, one of three shareholders in the Royal Golf project. Daniš and Červenka worked together on a Slovak racecar known as the K1 Attack.
Peter Šatan, brother of another Royal Golf owner Miroslav, also said he had heard Daniš was helping to finance the project. “That’s exactly the name I heard, but I have no idea if it is true.”
“I have nothing to do with it and never took an interest in it,” Daniš told The Slovak Spectator.
Peter Danihel, the owner of the company contracted to buy up land for the golf course, also complained that he had run across the mafia in doing his job. He named the firm PŠK Agentúra, which received a contract to buy up land under the future access road to the course.
Juraj Ondrejčák, known as Piťo and allegedly the head of an organised group operating out of the Lamač suburb of Bratislava, told The Slovak Spectator that while he knew PŠK owner Igor Záviš, he had nothing to do with the golf project.
Richard Dohnal, regarded by police as a member of Ondrejčák’s crew, said his role in the project had merely been to put Záviš and Danihel together, “because they were unwilling to communicate with each other. I helped them to start talking, and for me, that’s where it ended”.
From e-mails exchanged between the Šatan brothers, which The Slovak Spectator has at its disposal, it is also clear that the golf project attracted unwelcome attention from a group called ‘the Bears’. In September 2007, Peter wrote to Miroslav: “The unauthorised involvement of the Bears gentlemen for me raises certain questions about Libor (Červenka, a Royal Golf shareholder): What kind of company does he keep? Why does he keep it? Why did he bring the Bears in, does he owe them something?”
Červenka did not respond to questions about the identity of ‘the Bears’. But Holeša denied that organised crime had infiltrated the golf project.
“All this talk about mafia groups is just an attempt to undermine our efforts.”
18. May 2009 at 0:00 | Tom Nicholson