Velov does not admit guilt, wants a quick trial “to clear my name”

The former director of the traffic safety agency, Igor Velov, does not admit to the accusations of demanding bribes for the Bulldog boxing club in Kranj.


Accused Igor Velov before the Ljubljana District Court.

Former Director of the Transport Safety Agency (AVP) Igor Velov came under the scrutiny of the specialized prosecutor’s office because in 2016 he allegedly asked one of his business partners to transfer twenty percent of the approximately 20,000 euros that the company will receive from AVP to the account of the Bulldog boxing club in Kranj.

The details of the charge will be provided by the prosecutor Luka Graselli presented at the start of the trial. Velov does not admit guilt, judge Jasmina Javornik however, she will determine the date of the main hearing.

“What can I say? These are malicious and baseless accusations. I am sure that we will prove this through the process. That is why I want the matter to be closed as soon as possible and to clear my name,” said Velov, former director of AVP, now an ordinary “Espeje”, married, father of six children, who earns about 2 thousand euros a month, said after the hearing.

“The prosecution’s accusation is an unjustified demand for a gift. But it is only the statement of one witness, who somehow interpreted his certain statements. The investigation has already shown that these accusations are not true, that no witness has confirmed these accusations. We want this procedure to be finish as quickly as possible,” however, the defendant’s lawyer emphasized Blaž Kovačič-Mlinar.

He was allegedly reported by a former criminal

In the end, the transfer to the Bulldog club did not happen, but the police got involved in the investigation of the case. Velova is said to have been announced by the director of the company SGB, which mainly deals with business and security consulting, but also prepares traffic studies. A case of Aleš Trontljaa former longtime criminal who, among other things, worked for seven years in the department for organized crime, Dnevnik reported.

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Igor Velov, now former director of the Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Traffic Safety.

Velov is a state councilor and former Kranj city councilor, and he had to leave the head of the traffic safety agency in the spring of 2019, as the AVP council judged that his behavior, which he did not want to explain, had greatly damaged the agency’s reputation. At the end of May 2018, after a traffic accident, he left his damaged and undriveable company car in front of the post office in his hometown of Stražišče near Kranj and simply passed out. Therefore, the agency’s council proposed the director’s dismissal to the government, and the government followed his proposal.

He faces up to five years in prison

An official or civil servant who requests or accepts a reward, gift or any other benefit or promise or offer of such a benefit for himself or for someone else, in order to perform an official act within the limits of his official rights, which he should or should have done otherwise, or that she would not perform an act that she should not have performed, or use her position in any other way, or whoever intervenes in such bribery of an official person shall be punished by imprisonment from one to five years, according to the law.

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