The National Crime Agency (NAKA) will not launch an investigation into Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák's purchase of shares in the B. A. Haus company of businessman Ladislav Bašternák in 2013.
The assistant of opposition MP, Jozef Rajtár of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), Filip Rybanič, took documents from the Tatra Banka bank in mid 2016 which show that the sum of €260,000 was transferred to Kaliňák’s account from the B.A. Haus company. The firm was operated by tycoon Ladislav Bašternák who has been suspected of tax fraud since October 2013. Similar payments were also made to the account of former transport minister Ján Počiatek who left politics in mid April.
In its decision NAKA stated that it has no information that any of Bašternák’s companies would take excessive VAT refunds.
Former MP Daniel Lipšic who published the decision on his Facebook page, stated that Kaliňák bought B. A. Haus shares for too little money. The investigator stated that even it was the truth, the Commercial Code does not limit the prices of shares.
A day earlier Kaliňák stated that Slovakia will not see an investigation into corruption among the highest political circles in 2017, as this socially undesirable phenomenon does not exist among political leaders.
“Give me one example from the last year of corruption taking place in top political circles. Tell me, please, at least one. Don't you know? It didn't happen. Neither you, nor I have such information,” Kaliňák told journalists.
5. Jan 2017 at 22:28 | Compiled by Spectator staff