Charges pressed against national lottery company representatives

The two accused will not be prosecuted in custody.

The November 26 raid in Tipos.The November 26 raid in Tipos. (Source: TASR)

The first charges have been pressed in the case of the national lottery company Tipos.

The investigator of the National Criminal Agency (NAKA) has accused two people of violating their duties when managing entrusted property and of money laundering, the police wrote on Facebook on November 28.

As the Aktuality.sk news website reported, the people in question are head of Tipos Ján Barczi and head of the company’s IT department Miloš Prelec. Both had been detained during the November 26 police raid in Tipos, where potential evidence was collected.

They will not be prosecuted in custody, however. A judge of the Specialised Criminal Court did not accept the proposal of the prosecutor of the Special Prosecutor’s Office to take the two men into custody, the TASR newswire reported.

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However, the prosecutor challenged the decision, meaning it is still not valid, the Specialised Criminal Court’s spokesperson Katarína Kudjáková said.

Barczi recalled from post

Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry, which is a 100-percent stockholder in Tipos, recalled Barczi from his post.

The changes should not endanger the ordinary operation of the company, said the ministry’s spokesperson Alexandra Gogová, as reported by the SITA newswire.

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