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Rejda to withdraw from Law and Justice party election slate

A former official of the police force’s Office for the Fight Against Corruption (ÚBOK), Ján Rejda, who has claimed publicly that the so-called Gorilla file is authentic, will not run as a candidate for the Law and Justice (PaS) party in the March 10 general election, the TASR newswire reported on Wednesday, February 1, citing party chairman Peter Puškár.

A former official of the police force’s Office for the Fight Against Corruption (ÚBOK), Ján Rejda, who has claimed publicly that the so-called Gorilla file is authentic, will not run as a candidate for the Law and Justice (PaS) party in the March 10 general election, the TASR newswire reported on Wednesday, February 1, citing party chairman Peter Puškár.

Puškár said that Rejda was withdrawing his candidacy by mutual agreement. Puškár explained that while the investigation into the Gorilla file continues, Rejda's candidacy is inappropriate. "We don't need anybody accusing us of running a campaign via Rejda," he said. According to the Gorilla documents, Rejda met Jaroslav Haščák, co-owner of the Penta financial group, several times at a bugged flat on Vazovova Street in Bratislava. He recently admitted to the meetings, claiming that he had been tasked with obtaining information for the police. The Gorilla file is an as-yet unverified document that purports to record bugged meetings between senior politicians, state officials, and businessmen connected with Penta in 2005 and 2006.

Source: TASR

To read more about the Gorilla case, please see Spy boss can now talk about Gorilla.

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