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Charges forthcoming in Branisko case

THE BRANISKO case, one of the biggest alleged embezzlement cases that took place under the first government of Mikuláš Dzurinda in 1998-2002, has moved forward.

THE BRANISKO case, one of the biggest alleged embezzlement cases that took place under the first government of Mikuláš Dzurinda in 1998-2002, has moved forward.

On July 10 investigators from the National Criminal Agency of the police filed a motion for criminal charges against six people accused in the case, which concerns lost public finances in during the Branisko highway tunnel project. The Special Prosecutors Office is currently studying the material, which is more than 20,000 pages long, with additional 20,000 pages of appendices, Special Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Andrea Predajňová told the TASR newswire.

The Hospodárske Noviny daily was the first, on July 31, to report that the case is moving from investigators.

Six persons are to be charged with establishing a criminal group which allegedly embezzled 260 million Slovak crowns (equivalent to €8.6 million) in the construction project, the daily wrote, adding that three former officials that headed the state-run Slovak Road Administration at the time, Dušan Matonok, Roman Veselka, and Valerián Horváth, are among those being charged.

The men were allegedly sent fictitious invoices through Ergo Suisse, a Swiss company registered to Ján Godáň, to their own private foreign accounts.

“There is not enough evidence for filing a lawsuit,” the legal representative of Horváth and Godáň, former secret services head Vladimír Mitro, told the daily.

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