FORMER general prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka has filed appeal against the decision of the disciplinary committee to strip him of his prosecutor post for his role in the so-called Glance House case, the TA3 news channel reported on January 2.

A disciplinary commission imposed on Trnka the toughest ever punishment for his involvement in a controversial real estate transfer, banning him on November 29, the Sme daily reported. The Glance House case pertains to the controversial transfer of a luxury residential development in Bernolákovo, a municipality near Bratislava, based on a letter sent by Trnka sidestepping an embargo by the Special Prosecutor’s Office on any dealings involving the building.

Thanks to a letter sent by Trnka to one of the conflicting sides, the building 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, according to Sme.

The Senec cadastral office allowed the transfer based on Trnka’s letter even though the Special Prosecutor’s Office had banned any property transfers connected with the building. Subsequently, the property was transferred to another firm, Gapeja.

Though Trnka originally said he would wait until he receives the written decision by the disciplinary committee, he filed the appeal before he received it.

“Before sending the decision an appeal had been submitted,” spokesperson for the regional prosecutor’s office in Bratislava Vladimír Javorský told TA3.

Trnka rejects the notion that he made a mistake in the case, according to TA3.

Sme meanwhile reported that despite the punishment handed down by the disciplinary committee, Trnka still continues to work as a prosecutor. Spokesperson for the Office of the General Prosecutor Andrea Predajňová said that since he does not have any managing function there is no reason to strip him of his prosecutorial role.

Source: TA3, Sme

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Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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