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Slovakia: Ex-minister charged with fraud

Author: Radka Minarechová - The Slovak Spectator Date: Tue, Mar 20 2012 1555 Views
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Pavol Rusko, a former economy minister and one-time chairman of the now-defunct New Citizen’s Alliance (ANO) party, has been accused by the investigator of the police’s Office for the Fight Against Organised Crime of fraud in association with the privatisation of Bratislava-based electricity generator Steam-Gas Cycle (PPC), prosecutor Alexander Bíró of the Office of the Special Prosecutor announced on March 15. According to Bíró, criminal activities dating back to 2005 and 2006 caused damage to the state valued at 42 024 306 euro that benefited a private company, the SITA newswire reported. Rusko described the accusation that he benefitted from the privatisation of PPC as absurd and said he would take legal steps to defend himself.

Slovak media described the move as the first charges to emerge as a result of the inquiry into the so-called Gorilla file, a leaked document which purports to describe conversations between businessmen and senior politicians and officials based on covert recordings made by Slovakia’s SIS spy agency in 2005 and 2006.

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