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Fico to overturn corrupt SPF land deals

PM Robert Fico is taking steps aimed at returning suspiciously transferred land to the Slovenský Pozemkový Fond (Slovak Land Fund/SPF), Fico's spokesperson Silvia Glendová said on November 14.

SPF management and the General Prosecutor's Office should co-operate in resolving the problem. They agreed on this at a meeting between Fico and General Prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka on November 14. According to Fico, the SPF management and the General Prosecutor's Office should use all available legal options to return the land to the state and determine legal liability.

Fico studied the current investigation involving the SPF inspection department. It follows from the investigation, Fico said, that on the last day of his authorisation - April 10 – Branislav Bríza (ĽS-HZDS) signed an agreement on the transfer of some 600,000 square metres of land around the villages near Donovaly with a woman from Komárno who once owned the land. According to Fico, it's suspicious that the SPF requested the necessary documents for the deal as late as May 9, or a month after the agreement had been closed. In Fico's opinion, it appears that Briza pre-dated respective agreement and signed it at a time when he was no longer authorised to do so.

Following this and the allegedly illegal transfer of a million square metres of land in the High Tatras uncovered earlier this week, Fico can see no other option than an immediate dismissal of SPF deputy general director and SPF administration board chairman Branislav Bríza from his post by Agriculture Minister Miroslav Jureňa (ĽS-HZDS), who returns from a trip to South America on Saturday. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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