The Office of the General Prosecutor has submitted another complaint over the dubious transfer of the disputed Glance House property in Bernolákovo, near to Bratislava, to a shell company, CDI. The complaint affects the current deputy head of the prosecutor's office, Dobroslav Trnka, who sent a letter giving permission for the transfer, the Sme daily reported.
Glance House is a luxury residential development. After the transfer, CDI transferred ownership to Gapeja, a firm that is currently in bankruptcy proceedings. Trnka said that he acted in the interests of people living in the building, but the acting general prosecutor has stated that Trnka's actions were unlawful as he is not entitled to issue such permissions.
“In the given protest [we] proposed to the cadastral office in Senec to halt the proceeding over [the transfer from CDI to Gapeja],” said Jana Tökölyová, a spokesperson for the Office of the General Prosecutor, as quoted by Sme.
Since the cadastral office is still dealing with a previous proposal to halt the transfer of Glance House from CDI to Gapeja, it cannot consider a new complaint, the daily reported.
Behind the case is the criminal prosecution of a couple identified by the local media as RČ and AČ, launched on June 9, 2010. A prosecutor from the Special Prosecutor’s Office, part of the Office of the General Prosecutor that deals with corruption cases, on June 17, 2010 blocked all sales and transfers of property belonging to the Glance House corporation, including the eponymous residential building, pending a claim by CDI.
Then on June 20, 2010, the prosecutor charged the couple with fraud for what she called the use of illegitimate authorisation in order to replace the co-owners and authorised representatives of the firm Glance House. CDI claims that it suffered losses of €28 million as a result of the defendants’ actions. Trnka, in his letter to one of the parties in the dispute, agreed that the property should be transferred to the damaged party, according to the SITA newswire.
Meanwhile, the bankruptcy administrator of Gapeja, Eva Timár Myjavcová, has appealed against the halt to the transfer of the building, Sme wrote.
In addition to this, the Justice Ministry said it plans to launch an inspection of the bankruptcy proceedings affecting Gapeja. Ministry spokesperson Jana Zlatohlávková declined to give any further details.
Sources: Sme, SITA
To read more about this story please see: First charges laid in Glance House case
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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