The investigation at Slovenské Elektrárne (SE), Slovakia’s dominant power producer, is not over. On the other hand, the police increased the number of criminal proceedings from five to seven.
Police Presidium’s spokesperson Martin Wäldl, however, did not want to reveal more details.
“It is not possible to provide more information considering the ongoing investigation,” Wäldl said, as quoted by the SITA newswire.
The number of accused people has not increased since last autumn.
“The charges have been laid in two cases,” Wäldl told SITA, adding that five people are accused of violating duties when administering someone else’s property and one of manipulating data of the economic and trade register.
The former charges concern people who have been working in state-run company Vodohospodárska Výstavba since 2006, which at the time managed the operation of the hydroelectric power plant in Gabčíkovo (Trnava Region).
In the latter case, the investigator of the National Criminal Agency has accused a person identified as Ľ. K. for manipulating the accountancy, which might have caused a loss to the Slovak budget amounting to more than €308 million back in 2005, as reported by SITA.
The police carried out a raid at the nuclear power plant in Mochovce (Nitra Region), which reportedly concerned a former supplier to the construction works on the remaining two nuclear reactors. They are now assessing the documents seized during seven raids, Wäldl added.
SE representatives are convinced that the investigation relates to the period before Italian company Enel bought the shares in the firm. The fact that the investigation is focused on events that had happened before the acquisition of SE was completed, i.e. before April 2006, should have been confirmed by the official documents the police showed to the company, SITA reported.
27. Sep 2016 at 12:51 | Compiled by Spectator staff