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Deaflympics embezzler sentenced

JAROMÍR RUDA, the man behind the embezzlement in the 2011 Deaflympics, which were supposed to be held in Slovakia but did not take place because the organisers failed to have the venues and accommodations ready in time, has been sent to jail. He plans to appeal the verdict with the Supreme Court.

JAROMÍR RUDA, the man behind the embezzlement in the 2011 Deaflympics, which were supposed to be held in Slovakia but did not take place because the organisers failed to have the venues and accommodations ready in time, has been sent to jail. He plans to appeal the verdict with the Supreme Court.

Ruda, the former head of the Slovak Deaflympic Committee, was charged with misusing money which was supposed to have been used to host the 17th Winter Deaflympics in February 2011. The appellate senate of the Banská Bystrica Regional Court found him guilty of fraud and sentenced him to 13 years in prison, the SITA newswire reported on July 23.

Ruda’s accomplice, Košice notary Stanislav Furda, was found guilty of violating the rules when dealing with someone else’s property and sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Ruda’s lawyer, Juraj Remšík, said his clients would launch a special appeal to the Supreme Court, SITA reported.

Both men originally faced charges of embezzling money which Ruda received from Bratislava-based company Transkontakt as a guarantee for organising the Deaflympics. In April 2008 the company gave Ruda Sk52 million (more than €1.7 million), which should have been paid back in three weeks, with interest. Ruda passed the money to Furda, who, based on Ruda’s instructions, then transferred it to various accounts. Ruda later withdrew the sum in cash and used it for different purposes. He returned only Sk3.5 million (just over €100,000) to Transkontakt, causing the company losses of €1.6 million, SITA wrote.

Ruda also faces charges at the Specialised Criminal Court for fraud. Beginning in March 2010, Ruda deceived at least four private companies with whom he signed contracts of cooperation, police alleged in 2011. The deals were intended for the reconstruction of ice-hockey stadiums in Kežmarok and Poprad. The companies lent at least €10 million to Ruda, who declared that he would invest the money in reconstruction and guaranteed the loans with a €500,000 bank guarantee from the Bank of Columbia. Police say that the bank guarantee was false.

According to the police, Ruda also extracted at least €1 million from representatives of national deaf sports federations, which he failed to use for the declared purposes.

The games were cancelled in early 2011 after deaf competitors started arriving with their supporters from as far afield as Canada, only to discover that their accommodation had not been reserved and that the sports facilities where they were supposed to compete were unfinished and unusable.

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