A court proceeding involving the chief organiser of the cancelled 17th Winter Deaflympics, Jaromír Ruda, was held in Banská Bystrica on April 13, the TASR newswire reported.
The prosecutor has charged Ruda and his associate, public notary Stanislav Furda, with embezzlement of €1.7 million. Ruda and Furda declared their innocence at the beginning of the proceeding. The two may face 10 to 15 years in jail if found guilty.
Ruda's lawyer told TASR after the hearing that the entire sum in control of the individuals was used for purposes of the Deaflympics. Ruda, who served as chairman of the Slovak Deaflympics Committee, stated that in April 2008, accompanied by Furda, he went to Budapest to receive funds for organising the Deaflympics. He claimed he accepted the money as a private person, however, in order not to burden the Deaflympics Committee, adding that these funds were subsequently used to pay costs related to the organising of the Deaflympics.
A witness from the company that loaned the money to Ruda said, however, that the money should not have been used for organising the Deaflympics but only to prove Ruda's solvency and was supposed to be returned later and it was not.
The spokesperson for the Regional Court in Banská Bystrica, Nina Spurná, told the media that the trial is adjourned to June 1 as further witnesses are to be questioned.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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14. Apr 2011 at 10:00