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Police find body of missing lawyer

A body found in a bush near Jabloňovce near Levice is, according to information obtained by the Sme daily, the body of Roman Ožvold, lawyer and former head of the board of directors of the state lottery company Tipos. The village is located close to Žemberovce, where the signal of his mobile phone was last registered, Sme wrote in its Wednesday, June 29, issue. The corpse was reported to police on Tuesday afternoon. Police spokesperson Andrea Dobiašová said that the site has been searched but did not officially confirm the identity of the body.

A body found in a bush near Jabloňovce near Levice is, according to information obtained by the Sme daily, the body of Roman Ožvold, lawyer and former head of the board of directors of the state lottery company Tipos. The village is located close to Žemberovce, where the signal of his mobile phone was last registered, Sme wrote in its Wednesday, June 29, issue. The corpse was reported to police on Tuesday afternoon. Police spokesperson Andrea Dobiašová said that the site has been searched but did not officially confirm the identity of the body.

In 2008, Ožvold negotiated with the Cyprus-based company Lemikon together with the CEO of Tipos, Milan Kapusta, over the alleged illegal use by Tipos of know-how belonging to the Czech lottery company Športka. Lemikon had bought Športka’s claim in the case, which is still before the courts. Former finance minister Ján Počiatek said the development was disturbing since Ožvold was his friend and he had nominated him for the Tipos post. Ožvold was close to many companies, and was not the key person in Tipos, Počiatek commented.

In November 2010, Ernest Valko, another lawyer involved in the Lemikon-Tipos case was shot dead in his home. It would be premature to speculate about motives and the course of events as this could threaten the investigation, Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic said, as quoted by Sme.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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