Ladislav Tichý, the deputy general prosecutor for the elected but not appointed GP Jozef Čentéš, cancelled the consent over the transfer of the Glance House in a disputed case. Thus, Tichý dissented in the case regarding the Bernolákovo apartment house.
The case involves the construction and sale of Glance House, a luxury residential development in Bernolákovo, near Bratislava. Thanks to a letter by Trnka, sent to one of the conflicting sides and used by the cadastral office, the lucrative apartment building was allegedly transferred to people close to Marián Kočner, a businessman and acquaintance of Trnka's, Sme reported. Based on this letter, the cadastral office enabled the transfer of the Glance House even though the Special Prosecutor’s Office had banned any motions connected with the building. The daily wrote that on November 22, Trnka admitted for the first time to having acted in the case, but insisted that he had proceeded in compliance with the law.
“This is his legal view, mine is different,” Tichý said on Tuesday, as quoted by the SITA newswire. On Monday, he cancelled the consent of the transfer, and the General Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion against the transfer of property to a third company, GAPEJA, s.r.o. The cadastral office has to decide on the matter within 30 days. Tichý decided to limit Trnka’s power concerning the Special Prosecutor’s Office and to rule in this case himself. However, he added that he saw no reason to launch a disciplinary proceeding against Trnka, according to SITA.
After Trnka explained the case to MPs in a session of the parliamentary committee for defence and security, he admitted to the media that he would consider his resignation. The parliamentary committee accepted Trnka’s explanation thanks to Smer MPs who posed no questions; opposition MPs abstained from voting. Trnka told the committee, the TASR newswire wrote, that by sending the above-mentioned letter, he tried to act to the benefit of the injured side, having to deal with the case as stemming from his position.
(Source: SITA, Sme, TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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