Interior Ministry releases data on Gašparovič’s whereabouts at time of death in Lešť hunting area

The Interior Ministry has gathered information on the whereabouts of President Ivan Gašparovič's bodyguards during a hunt in Lešť in August 2009 during which Michal Bobák was shot and killed, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák told the TASR newswire on Wednesday, January 23. Kaliňák said that he is not authorised to release the information because it is classified, and this can only be done by the president himself.

The Interior Ministry has gathered information on the whereabouts of President Ivan Gašparovič's bodyguards during a hunt in Lešť in August 2009 during which Michal Bobák was shot and killed, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák told the TASR newswire on Wednesday, January 23. Kaliňák said that he is not authorised to release the information because it is classified, and this can only be done by the president himself.

However, a version of the data was later released. On August 2, 2009, the day his friend Bobák died on a hunting trip, the president was at his home in Limbach (near Bratislava), according to the report that the President's Office received from the Office for the Protection of Public Officials on Wednesday, January 23, the TASR newswire reported. The president came home from a trip to Croatia on July 31 at 21:40 and left on August 2 at 19:05 for Tehelné Pole Stadium in Bratislava. The Interior Ministry reconstructed the president's itinerary based on documentation from Police Corps members who secure the president's transport and protection as well as the operational history of transport vehicles.

The incident was recently highlighted by blogger Juraj Poláček, who suggested in an online posting that while another hunter, Štefan Drozd, confessed to the police that he had shot Bobák, Gašparovič may also have been present at the time. Gašparovič subsequently filed a criminal complaint for libel against an unknown offender. The President's Office stated that Gašparovič could not have taken part in the hunt, as he was elsewhere at the time, but two versions of his movements that it issued, referring to the weekend in question, were subsequently shown to be inaccurate.

Source: TASR

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