Former Economy Minister First Accused in Gorilla Affair
The investigation into the Gorilla corruption allegations has produced the first charges, with former economy minister Pavol Rusko being accused of fraud.
The charges against Rusko, who headed his liberal ANO party in parliament between 2002-2005, concern the privatisation of the combined cycle power plant PPC in 2004, which supposedly went to Penta investment group illegally and at below price (around EUR 70 million). Interior minister Daniel Lipsic announced the cancellation of the privatisation earlier this month.
Rusko is being held partly liable for the suspect deal, which allegedly caused damages in the range of around EUR 42 million. He could therefore face between 5 and 12 years behind bars if found guilty. Speaking to SME daily, Rusko said “Me! Accused? What nonsense is that?”. The company Penta is also denying any shady dealings, of course, noting that the transaction was transparent and not disadvantageous for the state.