Kaliňák allegedly involved in another real estate scandal

Interior Ministry bought two buildings for €2 million more than their real value, opposition party OĽaNO claims.

Interior Minister Robert KaliňákInterior Minister Robert Kaliňák(Source: Sme)

The Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák bought two overpriced buildings for €3.9 million, without public competition, in the town of Martin, while a similar building across the road cost half the price.

Representatives of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO-NOVA) Igor Matovič and Veronika Remišová, made this statement at a press conference on May 18.

The seller was the Bratislava-based group, Baducci, which has close ties with the now ruling Smer party. The chairman of Baducci’s board, Martin Čižmárik, was Kaliňák’s neighbour and is the advocate of Smer’s former Economy Minister, Ján Počiatek.

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“Kaliňák created his own real estate company from our common property,” Matovič told the press. “Behind every published case is someone of his close acquaintance.”

The Interior Ministry responded that Matovič is lying and it bought the buildings for an advantageous price.

Baducci Invest signed the contract with the ministry in 2016 changing two deteriorating printing plants for the building housing Martin’s police station worth €400,000, plus €3.5 million. The Ministry thus bought two plants for €3.9 million.

Three months later Baducci Invest owners launched the winding-up process of the firm and the ministry rented back the police station.

Moreover Baducci bought 80 percent of the area with the two plants for €4.6 million, while the Interior Ministry bought 16 percent of it for €3.9 million.

“On first sight, it is an amoral deal,” Matovič said.

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The ministry however did not buy a building with an area of 3,800 square metres as Matovič claims but a five-storeyed building with an accumulated area of 13,964 squared metres, reads the ministry’s press release.

Further, the price for both buildings was €5.8 million, according to expert opinion and the ministry was able to decrease the price by €2 million, according to the ministry.

“After the planned reconstruction we will have new office spaces worth €600 per square meter, which is an unrivalled price anywhere on the market,” reads the ministry’s press release.

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