The police team probing the Gorilla Case have launched three new criminal investigations, while also asking for legal help from Cyprus, the UK and Austria, and plans to apply for co-operation to the United States and the Czech Republic and question dozens of new witnesses.
This stems from the updated July report on the Gorilla Case presented in parliament by Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák on December 3.
“In the meantime, three criminal investigations have been halted, with other ones still pending,” he said. “The investigations are extremely complex, our task is to let the investigating team operate without any intervention from our side, so that the investigation process proceeds in an independent manner.”
The Gorilla file is a lengthy document that purports to describe an operation conducted by the Slovak Information Service (SIS), the country’s main intelligence agency, in which it collected information about the influence of the Penta financial group on senior Slovak politicians between 2005 and 2006. The wiretapping took place between November 2010 and January 2011.
This third report on the state of the investigation into the case was requested by parliament in February. Special Prosecutor Dušan Kováčik drafted the report in July, with the parliamentary committee for defence and security dealing with it in August, the TASR newswire wrote. Although originally scheduled to hold deliberations on the issue in September, parliament discussed the report only on December 3.
In the July report, Kováčik wrote that the investigators have failed to secure any relevant evidence based on which charges against a specific individual could be pressed. In the document detailing the activities of the investigation team, Kováčik informed lawmakers that approximately 40 people were questioned as witnesses since the last report submitted in early 2013 and analyses of suspects’ bank accounts as well as transcripts of MPs’ speeches on the Bratislava Airport privatisation among other activities.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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4. Dec 2013 at 10:00