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Interior Minister Lipšic sets up special police team to review Gorilla case

A special team of 10 investigators was established by Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic on January 9 to review the so-called Gorilla case, the TASR newswire reported.

A special team of 10 investigators was established by Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic on January 9 to review the so-called Gorilla case, the TASR newswire reported.

“I've established a specialised team that includes investigators and officers from the Office for the Fight Against Organised Crime, the Office for the Fight Against Corruption and from the [ministry’s] inspection department today” Lipšic stated. In addition, an investigation was launched on Monday into suspicions of organising and supporting a criminal ring, malfeasance in office and corruption, Lipšic said.

Primarily, the special team will attempt to remove the oath of secrecy from officials at the Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS). "This will also apply both to the former and current SIS director," stated the minister, adding that "on behalf of the Interior Ministry, I can assure you that the police are now free to act".

Lipšic told the Hospodárske Noviny daily earlier on January 9 that he did not rule out the possibility that Deputy General Prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka wants “to bury” the Gorilla case. Trnka replied to TASR that he would not respond to unjustified statements made against him by Lipšic.

“With Trnka saying that the materials connected to the Gorilla case aren't authentic and the fact that the General Prosecutor's Office came with the initiative to set up a special investigative team right after we announced that an investigation will be launched do not fill me with a great deal of confidence,” Lipšic stated.

Lipšic also said that once the evidence is collected and testimonies available it is likely that progress will be made before the March parliamentary elections.

Source: TASR

For more information on this story, please see: Ordinary People party asks OLAF to examine Gorilla case

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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