BUSINESS IN SHORT

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.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Slovakia shoulders a heavier tax-levy burden than most, experts opine

The Slovak tax system is more generous to families than to single persons.

In the field of corporate taxation, Slovakia ranks among the most burdened of OECD countries.

First-aid kits in cars will not have to be replaced after expiration

The expiration will not be checked anymore, the Transport Ministry has decided.

Illustrative stock photo

Slovakia's best photo of 2019: Kočner hiding in a police car

Take a look at the best photos from the 2019 Slovak Press Photo contest.

The picture of controversial businessman Marián Kočner, taken by Denník N photographer Tomáš Benedikovič, wins the singles category in the News section of the 2019 Slovak Press Photo contest

Some good reasons to take a bike ride to Devín in autumn

A scrumptious taste of local viticulture is only one of them.

Devín Castle