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Parliament may discuss VSS case

Parliament will probably discuss suspicions of embezzlement of public funds at the former Military Intelligence Service (VSS) during the first government of Robert Fico (2006-10) at a special session, initiated by opposition parties, the Sme daily reported on June 5.

Parliament will probably discuss suspicions of embezzlement of public funds at the former Military Intelligence Service (VSS) during the first government of Robert Fico (2006-10) at a special session, initiated by opposition parties, the Sme daily reported on June 5.

The parties united as the People’s Platform, i.e. the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Most-Híd, have enough MPs to summon the session.

At the same time, a majority of the MPs for People’s Platform did not sign a proposal, submitted by Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), calling on Defence Minister Martin Glváč to be dismissed from his post. Glváč has recently announced he will sue his predecessor Ľubomír Galko, who is now an SaS MP, in connection with the case.

A 134-page report published by the Sme daily in May alleged large-scale embezzlement of public funds by employees at the VSS; Sme says it received the document anonymously, and that it is probably based on an internal investigation into the VSS that started under Ľubomír Galko, defence minister in 2010-11.

The report includes information about the purchase and reconstruction of an expensive residential property in Bratislava, which the state sold at a loss to a former VSS officer. Both of the then heads of the two military intelligence agencies – Juraj Šebo of the VSS and Ľubomír Skuhra of the Military Defence Intelligence (VOS) counter-intelligence agency – allegedly knew about the transactions. The VSS and VOS have since been merged into a single agency, Military Intelligence (VS), now led by Skuhra.

Meanwhile, the Aktualne.sk news website reported that the Office of the Special Prosecutor has already sent a file to the National Criminal Agency with instructions to request the defence minister to release witnesses from their oath of secrecy. The website cited spokesperson for the Office of the Special Prosecutor Andrea Predajňová.

In particular, the request might affect Vladimír Suchodolinský, the purported author of the report, as well as other current and former employees of the VS, the website wrote.

Sources: Sme, TASR, Aktuálne.sk

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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