Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Two new bribery cases investigated in Gorilla case

A SPECIAL team tasked with investigating the Gorilla case, an alleged corruption scandal that was leaked to the internet and the media in late December 2011, has launched probes into two new criminal cases involving bribery, news-only website Aktuálne.sk reported on March 17.

A SPECIAL team tasked with investigating the Gorilla case, an alleged corruption scandal that was leaked to the internet and the media in late December 2011, has launched probes into two new criminal cases involving bribery, news-only website Aktuálne.sk reported on March 17.

“We have launched two new criminal investigations into crimes involving corruption practices,” Marek Gajdoš, the head of the investigation team, told Aktuálne.sk, as reported by the TASR newswire. Gajdoš did not provide any further details.

According to the website, the suspicions go back to 2005-06. The police are working with the testimonies, but substantiation might be difficult. Also, special prosecutor Dušan Kováčik admitted that it is nearly impossible to clarify such an old corruption case, the SITA newswire wrote, citing the website.

Apart from the two new cases, the investigators have also been looking into suspicions of bribes linked to supplying information systems and the violation of obligations when administering the property of others associated with the privatisation of electricity utility Slovenské Elektrárne, TASR wrote.

Moreover, at the beginning of 2012 the police launched a criminal prosecution over the establishment, organisation and support of an organised crime group.

Kováčik told the Hospodárske Noviny daily in November 2013 that most of the operations in the case have already been carried out, pondering whether the special investigation team is necessary. According to him, the investigation could be closed in the first half of 2014, as reported by SITA. Gajdoš did not specify any date for closing the investigation for Aktuálne.sk.

The Gorilla document was reportedly made by the Slovak Information Service (SIS) intelligence agency in 2005-2006. The 44,000-word document allegedly describes operations conducted by the SIS, which sought to collect information on the Penta financial group’s influence on senior Slovak politicians between 2005 and 2006. The wiretapping took place between November 2010 and January 2011.

Source: TASR, SITA

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

It's not your Slovakia, Bystrica protesters told Kotleba

President Andrej Kiska spoke to the crowd at the protest gathering, asking Slovaks what kind of country they want to have.

Lajčák gives two versions of the Evka story

The Foreign Ministry gives opposing statements about suspicious procurement related to the Slovak Presidency over the EU Council.

Government of PM Robert Fico (left) endorses Lajčák as its official candidate.

PM Fico: Investors should clearly declare whether they have encountered corruption or not

Representatives of the biggest investors in Slovakia met with Fico to discuss the local business environment.

PM Robert Fico meeting with representatives of big investors in Slovakia.

Blog: HR Marketing: Not everybody can be Google!

It is important to know who your target audience is and the position you aspire to achieve as an employer on the market.

Illustrative stock photo