The Sme daily wrote on May 16 that Dobroslav Trnka, a candidate for the May 17 vote for a new general prosecutor, had helped plaintiffs against the Slovak state while serving as general prosecutor in 2009 and 2010.
According to the daily Trnka had assisted in the preparation of two appeals benefitting private companies that had sued the Slovak state in the case of the Ducký’s promissory notes. Both companies were represented by the wife of the then-Deputy General Prosecutor Ladislav Tichý (who is now acting as interim GP until the new prosecutor is elected).
The General Prosecutor’s office did not respond to the daily’s questions but Mrs. Tichý denied any intervention in the work of her husband.
Sme wrote that the first of the appeals concerned Slovenský plynárenský priemysel (SPP), the gas utility, and concerned the so-called Ducký’s promissory notes case. These notes, issued by the then-head of SPP, kept surfacing even after many years, owned by various companies.
If they had to be paid, it would have cost the gas utility – and according to the contract concerning its privatization, the state – billions of crowns or hundreds of thousands of euros.
Trnka said at a press conference in May 2010 that he had filed a successful appeal on behalf of the state that would prevent it from paying money on promissory notes, Sme wrote, but added that he had also filed another special appeal to the detriment of SPP and had been silent about this appeal.
The case of the Ducký’s promissory notes is long and complicated and to read more about it, please go to Charges brought in Ján Ducký murder and SPP doesn't have to pay for Ducký's promissory note .
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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16. May 2011 at 14:00