The investigator of the National Criminal Agency (NAKA) closed the investigation of financing the presidential campaign of Radoslav Procházka (Sieť), dismissing the criminal complaint.
The investigation followed the publishing of a recording which captured a conversation between Procházka and Igor Matovič, chair of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO-NOVA) movement, the TASR newswire reported.
The case concerned a 70-minute recording of a talk between Procházka and Matovič which appeared on the internet in 2015. The media reports indicated that Matovič secretly made it in 2014, shortly before the presidential elections. Procházka wanted to order an ad in Matovič’s family-owned regional newspaper, partially off the books.
Matovič delivered the recording to the police in December 2014, TASR wrote.
The investigator halted the prosecution for the alleged tax evasion already in June 2015. He also dismissed the suspicions over illegal financing of the presidential campaign in early June 2016, said Police Corps Presidium’s spokesperson Michal Slivka.
Procházka faced charges for alleged tax evasion, but they were dropped last January, TASR wrote.