Chairman of the parliamentary committee for the supervision of military intelligence Martin Fedor, of the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), on Monday, May 20, urged Defence Minister Martin Glváč and head of Military Intelligence (VS) Ľubomír Skuhra to attend a special meeting of the committee set for Tuesday, May 21.
"Today, I sent a letter to the defence minister in which I proposed that he release a former official of the former Military Intelligence Service (VSS) from the oath of secrecy, so that he will be able to provide information to the committee," said Fedor, as quoted by the TASR newswire, adding that he also sent all the necessary data concerning the identity of this person to the minister. Fedor also stated that earlier in the day he met the author of the report on alleged illegal transfers of VSS's property.
The Sme daily published allegations of tunnelling at the erstwhile Military Intelligence Service (VSS) and Military Defence Intelligence (VOS). Sme published on May 16 details from a 134-page report which alleges large-scale embezzlement of public funds by employees at the former VSS during the first government of Robert Fico (2006-2010). The daily says it received the document anonymously, and that it is probably based on an internal investigation of the VSS that began under former defence minister Ľubomír Galko.
The Defence Ministry needs to conduct a legal analysis into the possible release from the oath of secrecy of a former official of the Military Intelligence Service (VSS), ministry spokesperson Martina Balleková told TASR. Therefore, the Defence Ministry asked Fedor to postpone the special meeting of the committee to Thursday (May 23), she added.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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21. May 2013 at 10:00