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Slovenia: Minister of Justice under investigation for tax evasion

The Murska Sobota District Court has opened a formal investigation against Slovenian Justice Minister Marjan Dikaučič on suspicion of tax evasion and forgery of documents, the commercial portal POP TV reported on Tuesday. The minister has denied all allegations.

Media in Slovenia said that the Murska Sobota District State Prosecutor’s Office asked the court to open a formal investigation in August 2020, while a criminal complaint against Dikaučič was filed there by the Financial Administration (FURS) in August 2017.

The case relates to the time when Dikaučič, who was appointed Minister of Justice in mid-June, was the person in charge at BGA and Prevozi Žižek in the takeover, based in Gornja Bistrica, southeast of Murska Sobota.

Preliminary investigations allegedly established that Prevozi Žižek evaded payment of value added tax (VAT) when selling goods to the BGA under fictitious contracts, which were allegedly signed by Dikaučič.

The plan was to sell trucks through two companies in Croatia and Germany to avoid paying 52,000 euros in VAT, the 24ur portal said on Tuesday.

The district state prosecutor’s office confirmed in early September to the portal that it had received the relevant criminal report from FURS in August 2017 on the listed suspicions.
He said that two years later he had sought legal assistance from the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After receiving a response in February 2020, the prosecution said it had filed for a formal investigation in the Murska Sobota District Court on August 24, 2020.

At the time, Minister Dikaučič denied the allegations about the portal. “I submitted all the documentation for the alleged crime to the police in 2019 and was heard by the court in 2019. Since my signature on the documents was obviously forged, I proposed to the court a graphologist to verify the authenticity of the signature,” he said at the time. .
The minister added that he “had nothing to hide, all documents are with the relevant authorities, which I believe will do their job correctly”.

The allegations against Dikaučič have been circulating in the public since he ran for justice minister earlier this year, suggesting that he worked with shell companies in his previous job. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Two complaints filed against him in 2015 and 2016 over alleged violations of workers’ rights were dismissed because the prosecution found no reasonable grounds to suggest that Dikaučič committed the offense he was suspected of.
The minister is facing a vote of no confidence in parliament, demanded by center-left opposition parties over the government’s failure to appoint delegated European prosecutors.

LMŠ leader Marjan Šarec said that this accusation was not included in the motion but nevertheless confirmed that the opposition’s attempt to overthrow it was correct.

Source: STA

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