The former head of Slovakia’s National Property Fund (FNM), Anna Bubeníková, provided a statement to the TASR newswire stating that she had never asked for or received a bribe or kickback while serving as the head of FNM.
"I have never given or promised any bribes to anyone, either," stated Bubeníková, claiming that she had never discussed the issues contained in the so-called Gorilla file with any politician or businessman. "I met representatives of the financial group Penta in the past because of my official tasks at FNM. Never in my life have I been at any alleged safe house or private place," she stated, adding that she considers the Gorilla case to be politically motivated.
Despite her denial of any misdeeds, Bubeníková wants to terminate her tenure with the FNM on January 31, according to a proposal she submitted on January 23, according to Miloslav Homola of FNM, who said Bubeníková is no longer carrying out any tasks for the FNM.
Bubeníková was removed from her post by the government on January 11 over concerns of corruption stemming from the Gorilla wiretap file. Because the government has not appointed a successor, she could not relinquish her post on January 18 as she sought to do.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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