The special criminal court of Slovakia, was sentenced on Thursday former Deputy Prime Minister, former Minister of economy Pavol Rusko to 19 years in prison for fraud. This was reported by the Slovak radio.
According to the verdict, Rusko will serve his sentence in a prison with the strictest regime. The Prosecutor demanded 20 years of imprisonment.
Rusko was accused of falsifying financial documents by about €69 million Former politician, according to the investigation, participated in the fraud, as the CEO of the largest local commercial TV station “Markiza”. He denies the charges and intends to challenge the verdict.
In June of 2019 Rusko was taken into custody, but soon released on bail. The court has heard the case since July. Also in this case is imprisoned shady businessman Marian Kochner, who also received 19 years in prison. In another high profile trial about the murder of reporter Bratislava zines Aktuality.sk Jan Kuziaka – Kochner appears as the customer of a crime, for which he faces life imprisonment.
Rusko from 2002 to 2003 was Vice-Chairman of the Slovak Parliament, and from 2003 to 2005 – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of economy. Since 1995, he served as General Director of TV channel “Markiza”, which then turned into his property.