The Banská Bystrica branch of the Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok ruled on July 3 that Peter S., who has been charged with the murder of lawyer and former TIPOS official Roman Ožvold, must remain in custody, the spokesperson of the Specialised Court, Katarína Kudjaková, told the TASR newswire.
Kudjaková said that Peter S. immediately filed an appeal of the decision to the Supreme Court. Peter S., 56, whose name was featured on the so-called Mafia list leaked to the media several years ago, could face up to 20-25 years in prison if convicted. The case is being investigated by the Office for the Fight Against Organised Crime.
Police found Ožvold's body near the village of Žemberovce on June 28. He had been missing for six days. According to the preliminary investigation, Ožvold was shot with a short sub-machine gun. His BMW, found parked in the town of Vráble, was found to contain blood on the backseat and there were signs that shots had been fired.
Ožvold had worked as chairman of the supervisory board of Slovakia's national lottery company, Tipos. According to the Sme daily, the state-owned lottery company had secretly concluded an out-of-court settlement with Cyprus-based Lemikon company, which had been pressing a lawsuit against Tipos over unauthorised use of a Czech company’s lottery know-how. To read more about this case, please read Lottery saga continues and New evidence emerges concerning Tipos’ use of Športka’s know-how
Ožvold was reportedly a close friend of former finance minister and current Smer MP Ján Počiatek who had appointed him to the senior post in Tipos while serving as minister.
According to some media reports, Ožvold's family had been concerned about its safety since the murder of lawyer Ernest Valko last November. Valko was murdered shortly before he was reportedly due to become the state's legal representative in the Tipos lawsuit.
Source: TASR, Sme
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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4. Jul 2011 at 14:00