Anna Bubeníková will probably remain in her job as chair of the National Property Fund (FNM), a position to which she was appointed by the governing Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ). While two of the governing parties, the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), want her to be dismissed, the remaining two, the SDKÚ and Most-Híd, are backing her, the Sme daily reported.
Bubeníková’s name features in the so-called Gorilla file leaked in late December. The file, which was allegedly prepared by the Slovak Information Service (SIS) intelligence agency, relates to a purported investigation by the SIS, under the codename Gorilla, into the alleged influence of the financial group Penta on ministers in the of second government of Mikuláš Dzurinda in 2005 and 2006.
At first, members of the KDH party were undecided about whether to ask for Bubeníková’s dismissal but after a meeting at the Ministry of Transport they announced that they would join the SaS party in seeking her ouster.
The Most-Híd party said that it would not support Bubeníková’s dismissal until what it called “new facts” were presented. Party chair Béla Bugár argued that it is not politicians’ job to judge and that the leaked file did not include all the information.
Meanwhile, the Sme daily published an interview with the president of the Police Corps, Jaroslav Spišiak, who conceded that the Gorilla file could be an accurate reflection of the Slovak political scene in 2005-6.
“Regarding the fact that the situation is really familiar to me, because I was deputy police president from 2001, I can say that things described [in the file] could really have happened,” Spišiak said, as quoted by Sme.
However, the police chief commented that if the SIS had handed its original findings to the police for proper investigation at the time then the scandal would not be appearing in the media now. He noted that a general election is approaching and suggested that the primary intention of whoever leaked the file was not to clean up Slovak politics.
For more information about this story please see: SDKÚ party says it will back Bubeníková against possible dismissal.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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