The Bratislava II Regional Prosecutor's Office has turned down a criminal motion regarding suspicion of violation of rights filed last year by activists protesting against the waste dump in the town of Pezinok.
According to the activists, Jan Man senior and Jozef Dučák, as representatives of the company Ekologická Skládka, a.s. and Westminster Brothers Inc, violated the law by pretending to transfer rights among themselves. A representative of the initiative "A Waste Dump Does not Belong in a Town" provided the information to the SITA newswire.
The activists continued in their protests against the waste dump in front of the Cabinet Office on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. According to the initiative, Westminster Brothers Inc. delivered an announcement to the Slovak Environmental Inspectorate on February 15, 2008, which said the following: "With regard to the aforementioned, we hereby announce that on February 13, 2008, our company became the legal successor of the operator, Ekologická Skládka, a.s., based on a special agreement, and all rights and duties resulting from the effective integrated permit were transferred to our company as of this date".
Nine months later, Westminster Brothers informed the Environmental Inspection that the agreement with Ekologická Skládka had never been signed and thus there was no legal relationship between the two companies. The announcement was delivered a day after the inspectorate decided for the fourth time to ban the construction of the waste dump, which anyway continued. The prosecutor stated with regard to its ruling that a fraudulent intention was not confirmed. Marián Šipoš, from the initiative, commented that the prosecutor's decision meant that the state had once again completely failed.
For more information on this story, please see: Waste dump under investigation by European Commission.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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2. Jun 2010 at 14:00