Police have seized €87,000 from the personal accounts of former Interior Ministry employee Ľuboslav D. along with a BMW vehicle worth €35,000 and an investigator from the Office of the Fight against Corruption has charged the 31-year old man with money laundering and abuse of a public official’s powers, the SITA newswire reported.
A businessman, Pavol Z., 35, also stands accused in the case and was charged with money laundering. Both could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
On August 26, the police informed SITA that the ministry employee demanded and accepted bribes from the businessman worth some 50 percent of the profits from contracts his company was awarded by the ministry. Ľuboslav D., the former deputy head of the material and technical supplies department of the Interior Ministry’s economy section, set the tender criteria to be tailor-made for the company of the accused businessman, which won contracts worth at least €2,734,700 while the ex-official received at least €178,000 in kickbacks, SITA wrote.
Fictitious contracts under which the bribes were paid were signed by three other individuals who were accused of legalising income from crime and might also face 20-year sentences.
The police had searched the premises of the Interior Ministry, two Nitra companies and the homes of both main suspects in the case.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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30. Aug 2011 at 10:00