Haščák reportedly seeks to block interior minister from reporting to parliament

Jaroslav Haščák, one of the co-owners of the Penta financial group, has sent a letter to parliament’s constitutional committee demanding that Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák refrain from reporting on the current status of the investigation into the so-called Gorilla file, the TASR newswire reported.

Jaroslav Haščák, one of the co-owners of the Penta financial group, has sent a letter to parliament’s constitutional committee demanding that Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák refrain from reporting on the current status of the investigation into the so-called Gorilla file, the TASR newswire reported.

Haščák’s lawyers reportedly say that it is unacceptable for an interior minister to interfere in a prosecution and provide information on the state of an investigation. Haščák features heavily in the Gorilla file, a document allegedly describing high-level political corruption in 2005-6.

The committee has taken the letter into consideration but Kaliňák will, nonetheless, probably report on everything the police have looked into so far, said committee chair Robert Madej, as quoted by TASR.

Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) MP Martin Poliačik told TASR that Kaliňák certainly knows what information he can provide and what he cannot. For example, he can report on how individual institutions are involved in the investigation, whether they are communicating with each other, or whether there are certain obstacles to the investigation. Poliačik added that it is inappropriate for one of the main suspects in the scandal to tell parliament how to act.

Meanwhile, TASR reported that the investigators have already examined the scandal along several lines and some of them have already managed to dig deeper.

“They are creating a ‘map’, which is not 2D any more but is becoming 3D,” said Kaliňák, as quoted by TASR. “But the mosaic still has a lot of tiles missing.”

The interior minister added that he is acquainted in detail with the information concerning the Gorilla investigation but refused to say anything more. He argued that he does not want to pose a threat to the investigation, but conceded that investigators “are facing a strong enemy”, TASR wrote.

The Gorilla investigation has so far questioned some 50 people, states a report drawn up by Special Prosecutor Dušan Kováčik. Despite the evidence gathered by the investigators, no charges have been pressed against anybody so far. Meanwhile, the case's supervising prosecutor has requested that another two staff be added to the investigating team.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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