Tibor Gašpar, who was recently appointed head of the police force’s Office for the Fight against Corruption, will probably replace Jaroslav Spišiak as national police president, the Sme daily has reported. Originally, the post seemed likely to be filled by former police vice-president Stanislav Jankovič, despite allegations that he had been involved in the cover-up of a speeding offence involving businessman Ján Božík.
Though the criminal investigation of Jankovič’s involvement in the Božík case was halted last week by the prosecutor, who cited a lack of evidence, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák is reportedly not fully convinced of Jankovič’s innocence. Kaliňák has neither confirmed nor denied this report.
The investigation into Jankovič’s actions started in September 2011, after Božík was caught driving at 190 kilometres per hour on the R1 dual carriageway in June 2010. Police officers fined him €400 and, when he refused to pay the fine, confiscated his driving licence. Božík then allegedly called Jankovič, who later arrived at a police station in Žiar nad Hronom in person and allegedly asked for Božík’s licence to be returned and for his offence to be deleted from the public record, Sme wrote.
For more information about this story please see: Prosecution of former police deputy chief Jankovič halted.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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9. May 2012 at 10:00