Telekom Slovenije officials arrested on corruption charges

10 Apr 2013

Seven officials at Telekom Slovenije, which is majority owned by the Slovenian state, have been arrested by Slovenian authorities under allegations of abuse of office and economic crimes, resulting in damages worth an estimated EUR25 million (USD32.63 million), the Southeast Europe Times reports. Slovenian economic minister Matej Lahovnik issued a statement saying that Telekom Slovenije’s investments in Kosovo and Macedonia – in telcos IPKO and Cosmofon respectively – will be reviewed in light of suspected irregularities.

The officials are believed to have made bribes totalling EUR10 million in Kosovo for the acquisition of wireless licence, though an IPKO spokesperson denied the allegations, refuting claims that IPKO was under investigation.

Kosovo, North Macedonia, Slovenia, IPKO, ONE (incl. on.net and Cosmofon), Telekom Slovenije (incl. Mobitel)