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MPs cannot check military service financing; no laws to change this are planned

Last week, MPs from the parliamentary committee to oversee secret services visited the Defence Ministry to check on developments around past embezzlement at the two military services – the VOS and the VSS (now merged into the single military intelligence service, VS)- during the first government of Prime Minister Robert Fico.

Last week, MPs from the parliamentary committee to oversee secret services visited the Defence Ministry to check on developments around past embezzlement at the two military services – the VOS and the VSS (now merged into the single military intelligence service, VS)- during the first government of Prime Minister Robert Fico.

They informed the Sme daily that they were shown no documents that could either disprove or confirm the allegations; they were only assured that the ministry and the VS would cooperate with the Special Prosecutor's Office during the investigation of the case. On Tuesday, June 4, Sme quoted MP Richard Vašečka of Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) as saying that they were assured that the cooperation so far was problem-free.

A new draft law is slated to come to parliament for approval this autumn which aims to improve the inspection and oversight of the use of wiretaps and localisations, in both the civil and military secret services. However, inspections on the flow of money will not be improved, Sme wrote. Currently, only MPs from parliamentary committees can conduct inspections on the secret services, but with the exception of 'live', or open cases; they are only allowed access to basic data and have no authority to investigate anything.

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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