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State railways may have to pay millions to shell company

Two state-run railway companies will have to pay €51.8 million to the Cypriot company Lancillon Limited, according to a ruling issued by the district court in Bratislava. Back in the 90s the railways ordered a locomotive prototype from the Cypriot firm and agreed to buy an additional 98 if they were satisfied with it. As the railway companies were not happy with the prototype, they never placed an order.

Two state-run railway companies will have to pay €51.8 million to the Cypriot company Lancillon Limited, according to a ruling issued by the district court in Bratislava. Back in the 90s the railways ordered a locomotive prototype from the Cypriot firm and agreed to buy an additional 98 if they were satisfied with it. As the railway companies were not happy with the prototype, they never placed an order.

The court accepted the Cypriot firm’s claim that the railway copmanies should have paid the sum for all of the locomotives. The state railways plan to appeal the verdict, the Sme daily reported in its September 20 issue.

The ruling was signed by Judge Miriam Repáková. Though she did not comment on the verdict, she said that all the arguments will be part of an “extensive written” ruling, which she is to prepare in 30 days, Sme wrote.

The appellate senate will not only decide over the right of the Cypriot company to receive the money, but also over whether Repáková biased. She worked with Juraj Krišťák for two years, who represented Lancillon in the past and who also paid the fee for filing the lawsuit against the state railway companies, Sme wrote.

Source: Sme

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