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Sasanka file draws no further action

NEITHER the General Prosecutor Office nor the Special Prosecutor’s Office have received any criminal complaint over the so-called Sasanka file, a document featuring SMS text messages purportedly exchanged between the leader of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), Richard Sulík, and businessman Marián Kočner, whose name has surfaced in several previous controversies over the past two decades. Moreover, the prosecutors said they do not plan to start any investigation of the case, the SITA newswire reported.

NEITHER the General Prosecutor Office nor the Special Prosecutor’s Office have received any criminal complaint over the so-called Sasanka file, a document featuring SMS text messages purportedly exchanged between the leader of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), Richard Sulík, and businessman Marián Kočner, whose name has surfaced in several previous controversies over the past two decades. Moreover, the prosecutors said they do not plan to start any investigation of the case, the SITA newswire reported.

“Prosecutors of the Special Prosecutor’s Office evaluated the facts presented in the media about this issue and drew the conclusion that there was no suspicion of unlawful conduct which would be appropriate for the special prosecutor,” said the spokesperson for the Special Prosecutor’s Office, Vladimíra Gedrová, as quoted by SITA.

SaS said it considers the decision of the prosecutor’s office to be proof that Sasanka was a document whose only aim was to overlap with the so-called Gorilla file, a disputed document that implies high-level political corruption occurred in 2005 and 2006.

“SaS is still the only parliamentary party which is not dipped in it [Gorilla],” the SaS stated, as quoted by SITA.

The Sasanka file appeared at the end of January on one of the same websites that hosts the Gorilla document. It contained transcripts of text messages which appear to show that Sulík, while speaker of parliament, kept Kočner informed about the tortuous process of choosing a new general prosecutor in late 2010.

After the publication of the file on the internet, Sulík told the media that he had not seen Kočner for more than a year. He added that even if the texts in the Sasanka file were authentic they did not imply any wrongdoing on his part, as they were not talking about “any corruption or dirty business; no bribery or kickbacks”, the Sme daily wrote.

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