Prosecutor Trnka will not be prosecuted, but disciplined

The former General Prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka will not be prosecuted for the crime of illegally enabling the transfer of blocked new building Glance House to a company close to associate Marián Kočner. Police decided so after 10 months of investigation into the case, the Sme daily wrote on its website September 4. Police sent the case to prosecutor’s office for a disciplinary proceeding which will determine whether his actions represent a misdemeanour.

The former General Prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka will not be prosecuted for the crime of illegally enabling the transfer of blocked new building Glance House to a company close to associate Marián Kočner. Police decided so after 10 months of investigation into the case, the Sme daily wrote on its website September 4. Police sent the case to prosecutor’s office for a disciplinary proceeding which will determine whether his actions represent a misdemeanour.

“In case of the prosecution in case of a crime of abuse of powers of public official, the investigator decided, in accordance with the Criminal Order, to hand over the issue,” Police Presidium spokeswoman Andrea Dobiášová told Sme.

The General Prosecutor’s Office had already launched a motion against Trnka. “The disciplinary proceeding against Dobroslav Trnka in the case of Glance House was initiated on the day the resolution of the Slovak Police Corps investigator was delivered to the disciplinary committee. The disciplinary proceeding hasn't been concluded yet," GPO spokeswoman Andrea Predajňová told the TASR newswire.

Back in June, new General Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár announced that he would likely not initiate disciplinary proceedings against his predecessor over the case, as the legal deadline for making such a move already expired back in May.

The case concerns a transfer of the Glance House apartment block in Bernolákovo that took place in 2009 under the auspices of then-General Prosecutor Trnka and involved his long-time friend, the controversial businessman Kočner. In the complex case, Glance House – a luxury residential development – was transferred to a shell company, CDI, which then transferred ownership to Gapeja, a firm that is currently in bankruptcy proceedings. Trnka sent a letter to the Cadastral Office, giving permission for the transfer otherwise blocked, Sme reported. After the case was widely publicised, the transfer was audited and stopped.

“The accused allegedly caused damage of at least €5 million to a private company in connection with the unlawful transfer of the property in Bernolákovo,” TASR was told by Police Presidium spokeswoman Andrea Dobiášová back in February.

If found guilty, Trnka who was general prosecutor from 2005 to 2011 could be demoted from the GPO to a less important prosecutor's office and held criminally liable.

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