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Investigation indicates corruption in Gorilla case

The resolutions on closing four cases related to the Gorilla scandal reveal that several witnesses changed their minds during the investigation.

(Source: Sme)

Investigators from a specialised team have closed at least four cases regarding suspicion of corruption during their almost five-year investigation of the infamous Gorilla case. None of them has ended in a lawsuit, but investigators confess in their resolutions to the existence of indications of criminal activity.

This stems from the investigation results published by the Sme daily on October 20.

The leaked Gorilla file started one of the most serious corruption cases in Slovak history. A document which purports to describe conversations covertly recorded by the country’s SIS intelligence service between 2005 and 2006 which suggest that corrupt links may have existed between senior politicians, government officials and business people.

“Gorilla was right even in the part of bribing MPs and everyone knew that,” police documents quote a former MP without stating her name, adding that later she refused to confirm her statement for police out of fear for her family.

Sme later discovered that it was then deputy parliament speaker Zuzana Martináková of Slobodné Fórum (Free Forum) party.

Besides investigating the case, police are also dealing with the recent departure of National Criminal Agency (NAKA) investigator and head of the team dealing with the Gorilla file, Marek Gajdoš, who announced his leave from active service after 17 years.

“I did and still do like the job of an investigator,” Gajdoš said, as quoted by the Denník N daily, “but the conditions in which I had to work due to the approach of several people having impact on my work and indirectly on its results are intolerable”.

Read also:Kočner is behind charges against Lipšic

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