The Sme daily has reported that a former member of the SIS intelligence service, Peter Holúbek, in October 2010, when he was still working for the SIS, filed a criminal complaint with the Interior Ministry about the Gorilla case in which he warned that during the SIS eavesdropping operation of that name facts had been acquired which suggested an organised effort had taken place with the potential to seriously threaten the economic interests of Slovakia.
Holúbek was reportedly charged with installing covert recording equipment in a flat on Vazovova Street in Bratislava where Penta co-owner Jaroslav Haščák allegedly met with senior politicians and officials in 2005 and 2006. Holúbek also mentioned that the director of the SIS had been among the persons who treated the Gorilla case at odds with the law.
Holúbek previously confirmed the existence of the Gorilla operation to the Interior Ministry (something which ministry spokesman Gábor Grendel confirmed to Sme) but the SIS has refused to free him of his oath of confidentiality.
The SIS, currently headed by Karol Mitrík, has refused to free Holúbek from his oath of confidentially and on four occasions has refused police access to Gorilla documents, arguing that this might threaten fulfilment of its tasks, Sme reported.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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15. Feb 2012 at 14:00