The International Road Transport Union (IRU), which counts both the FTA and RHA as members, has ‘strongly and categorically’ denied allegations that senior officials hid member funds of around $550million. The accusation was made against the union’s secretary general, Umberto de Pretto and chief operating officer, Boris Blanche.
It said: “Coming on the eve of IRU’s General Assembly, held on 8 April 2016, these allegations were discussed by IRU members at that meeting. The audited 2015 accounts were subsequently approved and the meeting concluded with a large majority of members continuing to fully support the Secretary General and his staff.”
The board will also oversee an additional independent external audit.
The statement added: “IRU understands that a file has been submitted to the Geneva State Prosecutor’s Office, and stands ready to collaborate with the Swiss authorities to bring this matter to a close.”