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Court orders Ignác I. from Transpetrol case into custody

The Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok ordered businessman Ignác I., facing charges of fraud, into custody on Sunday, November 8. The court'sspokeswoman, Katarína Kudjaková, told the SITA newswire that the reason was concern over potential continuation of criminal activity.

The Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok ordered businessman Ignác I., facing charges of fraud, into custody on Sunday, November 8. The court's
spokeswoman, Katarína Kudjaková, told the SITA newswire that the reason was concern over potential continuation of criminal activity.

The accused filed a complaint against the court’s decision. The Supreme Court is to decide on the complaint. This June, the Žilina Regional Court found a group of entrepreneurs around Ignác I. guilty of fraud, preparation of a crime of legalisation of income from criminal activity committed in complicity and a violation of the duty in administration of entrusted property.

The court imposed jail terms ranging from three years and ten months up to nine years and Ignác I. was given a jail sentence of nine years and a fine of €30,000. The person who issued a distraint order to transfer the shares of Transpetrol was found guilty of the crime of abusing powers of a public official and was given a jail term of seven years. The verdict has not taken effect yet, as the prosecutor who demanded a stricter punishment filed an appeal.

TV JOJ reported on November 8 that the latest charges are also related to Transpetrol. The criminal dispute over the crude-oil pipeline operator Transpetrol started in 2002. Seven entrepreneurs around businessman Ignác I. from Vranov nad Topľou claimed rights to a 34-percent stake in the crude oil pipeline operator.

However, the prosecutor general argued that it was not possible to transfer shares issued by the state-owned Transpetrol company to any other entity. However, the case itself goes back to 1995. Initially there was a highly questionable claim to the Transpetrol stake by the Humenné-based ILaS company. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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