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Police will not prosecute Trnka
9 Sep 2013 Compiled by Spectator staff Politics & Society
THE POLICE will not launch a criminal prosecution of former general prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka for the dubious transfer of the Glance House real estate development in Bernolákovo, a municipality near Bratislava. The results of the investigation showed he did commit a crime, the Sme daily reported. Yet, Trnka will face a disciplinary proceeding initiated by the Office of the General Prosecutor.
“The disciplinary proceeding against JUDr Dobroslav Trnka in the case of Glance House was initiated on the day the resolution of the Slovak Police Corps investigator was delivered to the disciplinary committee,” spokesperson for the Office of the General Prosecutor Andrea Predajňová told the TASR newswire. She added that the disciplinary proceeding has not been concluded yet.
The disciplinary committee could punish Trnka with various sanctions, from admonition to dismissal from function, Sme wrote.
Yet, Trnka denied the news about the disciplinary proceeding.
“This matter has not been assigned to a disciplinary committee yet,” he told TASR.
The Glance House case pertains to the controversial transfer of a luxury residential development in Bernolákovo based on a letter sent by Trnka, sidestepping an embargo by the Special Prosecutor’s Office on any dealings involving the building. The letter was reportedly transferred to Jana Šlachtová, a representative of CDI, a London-based company which has links to Marián Kočner, a controversial businessman also known to be on friendly terms with Trnka, Sme wrote.
Trnka has not resigned over the affair despite his former boss, Tichý, stating that Trnka had acted unlawfully by issuing a legal opinion that materially affected the disputed ownership of Glance House. Tichý confirmed that Trnka had broken the rules but also argued that not every breach of the law is a crime, according to Sme, which broke the story about the controversial transfer.
New General Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár said on July 25 that he would most likely not start any disciplinary proceeding against Trnka over the Glance House case as “there are deadlines before which I can initiate a proceeding; I have a feeling that the deadline has passed”, as reported by TASR. Čižnár added that the case is being overseen by the Trnava regional prosecutor.
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