EVEN though the investigation is still open, quite a large amount of information and facts from the Gorilla case have been confirmed, chief of the special investigation team Marek Gajdoš said in an interview with the Aktuálne.sk website.
The case concerns an alleged corruption scandal that was leaked on the internet and to media in late December 2011. The Gorilla document was reportedly made by the Slovak Information Service (SIS) intelligence agency. It 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.
Gajdoš noted that a new criminal prosecution will begin in January, but he did not provide any further details.
“Although citizens have a right to know about the outcomes of the investigation, we cannot inform them fully about so-called live matters,” Gajdoš said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
Despite the fact that three years have already passed since the special team to investigate the case was set up, it continues to work on the case intensively, Gajdoš continued. He also confirmed that a separate unit that is investigating matters related to the electricity utility Slovenské Elektrárne is working based on the findings of his team.
Gajdoš stated that in relation to the case, investigators have already questioned Penta co-owner Jaroslav Haščák and former executive committee chair of the National Property Fund Anna Bubeníková, but Prime Minister Robert Fico has not yet been quizzed.
“They will definitely be summoned for a further interrogation,” he said, as quoted by TASR.
The chief of the investigation team did not want to speculate about the time that it may take to complete the investigation.
“I would like and I will try, to make it happen in approximately a year from now,” Gajdoš added.
He also stated that the change in government in 2012 did not have any influence on the work and approach of the investigation team.
“I do not feel any considerable ‘lack of support’ or placement of obstacles, either,” Gajdoš said, as quoted by TASR.
Source: TASR, Aktuálne.sk
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Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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7. Jan 2015 at 14:00