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Police launch another criminal prosecution in Gorilla case

The special investigative team assigned to the Gorilla case launched another criminal prosecution on April 25 involving the receiving of bribes and kickbacks, head of the investigative team Marek Gajdoš said on Monday, May 6. No individual has been indicted yet, with Gajdoš refusing to disclose any further details.

The special investigative team assigned to the Gorilla case launched another criminal prosecution on April 25 involving the receiving of bribes and kickbacks, head of the investigative team Marek Gajdoš said on Monday, May 6. No individual has been indicted yet, with Gajdoš refusing to disclose any further details.

The special team has launched a number of criminal prosecutions since 2012 over suspicions of blackmail and property misuse but to date no one has been charged with anything. "We won't inform on any of the specific occurrences surrounding the Gorilla case," claimed Gajdoš, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Gorilla, which came to the public's attention nearly a year and a half ago, was the code name for a clandestine bugging operation that points to cronyism and corruption at the highest level of Slovak politics. The transcripts were leaked to Canadian investigative journalist Tom Nicholson, former chief editor of The Slovak Spectator.

The Aktuálne.sk news portal speculated that the most recent case could concern the privatisation of the M.R. Štefánik airport in Bratislava – although both the then-transport minister Pavol Prokopovič and the spokesman of the company involved, the Penta group’s Martin Danko, publicly denied any connection with the case.

(Source: TASR, Aktuálne.sk)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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