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Billionaire Charged as Slovak Premier Wages Anti-Graft Quest

  • Penta co-founder Hascak indicted for suspected bribery
  • Hascak, Slovakia’s second-richest man, denies wrongdoing
Jaroslav Hascak speaks during a press conference in 2018.

Jaroslav Hascak speaks during a press conference in 2018.

Photographer: Michal Kamaryt/CTK via AP

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Slovak police detained the country’s second-richest man, Jaroslav Hascak, marking the most influential private-sector catch in the government’s anti-corruption crusade.

The detention of the founding partner of Penta Investments, a private-equity group that valued its assets at 11.2 billion euros ($13.5 billion) last year, follows a series of high-profile arrests in recent weeks under Prime Minister Igor Matovic, who won the February elections with an anti-graft campaign.