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Gorilla report delivered to MPs

THE INVESTIGATIVE team assigned to deal with the so-called Gorilla file and the fallout from it is working assiduously, said Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák as he read out a two-page report on the current status of the investigation, the TASR newswire reported.

THE INVESTIGATIVE team assigned to deal with the so-called Gorilla file and the fallout from it is working assiduously, said Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák as he read out a two-page report on the current status of the investigation, the TASR newswire reported.

The Gorilla affair was unleashed after the eponymous file, purportedly compiled by the Slovak Information Service (SIS) intelligence agency and alluding to corrupt practices among senior Slovak officials in 2005-6, was published on the internet in December last year. It prompted an immediate public outcry, with massive protests later occurring in Bratislava and other cities across the country.

“Many parts of the mosaic have been put together, many new facts have emerged,” Kaliňák said, as quoted by TASR, adding that the largest team in the history of the police force has been engaged in the investigation.

He also said that investigators have already put together 60,000 pages of documents related to the case and heard more than 50 witnesses. Despite that, Kaliňák said, the evidence is still insufficient to allow charges to be brought against anyone specific.

The opposition criticised the investigation. Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) MP Ľubomír Galko said the scandal obviously won’t be resolved under Robert Fico’s government. To support this claim he read out passages from the Gorilla file describing meetings between Jaroslav Haščák, co-owner of the Penta financial group, which is named in the file, and Fico’s personal secretary, František Határ, TASR reported.

Meanwhile, Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) MP Miroslav Beblavý proposed that a case be launched against former National Property Fund (FNM) head Anna Bubeníková, one of the central characters in the Gorilla affair.

Bubeníková acted until recently as a member of an expert body advising the Greek Development Fund but did not mention this in her assets declaration in 2011, which Beblavý believes she was required to do by law. Bubeníková was nominated to her FNM job by the SDKÚ.

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