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Special session over VSS case to take place June 17

The special parliamentary session over alleged tunnelling at the Military Intelligence Service (VSS) during the first government of Robert Fico will take place on June 17, said Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška after he received the proposal signed by 42 MPs from all opposition parties as well as the independent deputies. The signatures were submitted by MP for the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) Martin Fedor, who also chairs the special committee for supervising the military intelligence, the TASR newswire reported on June 10.

The special parliamentary session over alleged tunnelling at the Military Intelligence Service (VSS) during the first government of Robert Fico will take place on June 17, said Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška after he received the proposal signed by 42 MPs from all opposition parties as well as the independent deputies. The signatures were submitted by MP for the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) Martin Fedor, who also chairs the special committee for supervising the military intelligence, the TASR newswire reported on June 10.

“The parliament is a sovereign authority which should supervise also the intelligence services,” said SDKÚ chair Pavol Frešo, as quoted by TASR, adding that he disagrees with “the self-investigation” of the case by the ruling Smer party. “It is also about our international reputation. Our partners have to know that we can investigate it and that we can make an order.”

Chair of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) Ján Figeľ added that there are reasonable suspicions that tunnelling occurred within the VSS, while the chair of another opposition party, Most-Híd’s Béla Bugár, said that this is a case that might endanger the interests of Slovakia.

The leaders of the parties also said if the ruling Smer party blocks the session, they will propose to dismiss Defence Minister Martin Glváč. In this case a session will have to be summoned, TASR wrote.

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.

Source: TASR

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