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Former head of material reserves Kičuru was released from custody – SME.sk


Oct 13, 2021

The decision was made by the prosecutor of the Office of the Special Prosecutor’s Office.

13. Oct 2021 at 14:58 (updated 13. Oct 2021 at 15:35) TASR

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BRATISLAVA. Former head of the State Material Reserves Administration Kajetana Kichura released from custody.

Informed the portal Aktuality.sk

The prosecutor of the Office of the Special Prosecutor’s Office decided on this at the request of the investigator. It follows from the speaker’s statement General Prosecutor’s Office Jana Tökölyova. Kičura has been in collusion since April last year.

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“The reason is the investigator’s proposal for his release, with which the prosecutor agreed, as the collusive detention of the accused was extended by the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic only until October 21, 2021,” the spokeswoman specified.

She added that the prosecutor had originally requested an extension until January 2022, with which the Supreme Court did not agree.

Tököly added that no specific witness hearings or other acts are planned at present that would threaten to influence the accused.

“At the same time, the Supreme Court pointed out in its previous decisions that for the further duration of detention, law enforcement authorities would have to submit specifically planned interrogations and justify why there is a fear of influencing them,” she said.

According to her, the investigation cannot be terminated because other procedural acts are still being carried out, which, however, cannot justify a further extension of detention.

“In this situation, the prosecutor’s office would not currently be able to justify a request for a further extension of collusive detention and would identify with the investigator’s initiative to release the accused,” she added, adding that the accused would be prosecuted at large.

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“I consider the decision of the prosecutor of the ÚŠP to be correct and legal. At the same time, I perceive it as a civilized decision,” Rastislav Palovič, Kičurov’s lawyer, told TASR.

Criminal proceedings for mediated information on errors in material reserves in the procurement of medical supplies in connection with a disease pandemic Covid-19 and the purchase of apartments on Konventná Street in Bratislava began National Criminal Agency in March 2020.

Kičura denied allegations related to reserve contracts, as well as suspicions related to two apartments bought by his son.