Mayor of Ljubljana accused of major economic scandal

Mayor of Ljubljana accused of major economic scandal

 

Review by Christos T. Panagopoulos –

Zoran Janković, the current mayor of Ljubljana, is accused of conducting an illegal sale of land plots in the Slovenian capital back in 2009, as commercial channel POP TV reported on Friday.

According to the same source, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed criminal complaints against three officials of the Ljubljana City Municipality, including Janković.

The NBI noted the municipality sold with Janković’s knowledge two land plots, which were not in its ownership for more than EUR 1m. It has refused to return the money despite numerous calls to do so.

One of the three reportedly charged officials is Miran Gajšek, the head of the spatial planning department of the municipality.

The two plots in Vojkova Street measuring a total of 1,648 sq metres have been owned since 1976 by several entities, including the Ministry of Defence and company PNZ, POP TV said.

When the buyer, company Tritonis, wanted to build a garage and offices there, it found out that the plots are not the property of the municipality. An unsuccessful attempt at settlement was made at the beginning of the year.

It is worthy to note that Janković, almost two weeks ago announced his plan to run for president of the ruling “Positive Slovenia” (PS), thus challenging Prime Minister, Alenka Bratušek, at the governmental party’s Congress, which will be held on October 19th.

Source: Slovenia Times

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