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Banská Bystrica: No documents shredded, employee asserts

THE EMPLOYEE of the Banská Bystrica Region Office who supposedly informed the campaign team of far-right extremist and governor-elect Marian Kotleba about the shredding of sensitive documents shortly after the regional election, denies that she ever informed anyone about such a move, the TASR newswire reported on December 2.

THE EMPLOYEE of the Banská Bystrica Region Office who supposedly informed the campaign team of far-right extremist and governor-elect Marian Kotleba about the shredding of sensitive documents shortly after the regional election, denies that she ever informed anyone about such a move, the TASR newswire reported on December 2.

The employee, whose name has not been released, apparently became involved in the police investigation following the criminal complaint filed by Kotleba. During her questioning she denied that any shredding of documents took place.

On November 25, Kotleba filed a criminal complaint, claiming that his team received information about document shredding from a person who was tasked to carry the order out, TASR wrote.

Outgoing governor Vladimír Maňka, the ruling Smer party nominee who lost the election to Kotleba, is confused as to how the employee in question could have been listed in police files as a witness to alleged document shredding in light of her statements. In the meantime, the police confirmed that it is no longer dealing with Kotleba's complaint. Shortly after Kotleba broke the news about the case, Maňka telephoned him to assure him that no documents had been destroyed.

"It's beyond the realm of possibility,” Maňka claimed, as quoted by TASR. “All important contracts are stored at a central server in Bratislava, from where they can't be deleted.”

Source: TASR

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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