In addition to performing a business miracle with land in Trnava, Interior Minister Tomáš Drucker (Smer nominee) has also managed one in the American state of Florida. Here he bought half of a terraced house for around $120,000 (around €97,250) less than it should have cost, opposition OĽaNO party leader Igor Matovič said on April 12, adding that Drucker bought the property at two thirds cheaper than the real market price. The deal took place last July with Drucker’s wife actually handling the transaction. The house is in Sarasota, on Florida’s west coast.
“Drucker defended this [at that time] by saying that he had bought it cheap because he’d have to invest in the house due to its bad condition,” said Matovič, as cited by the TASR newswire, showing pictures of the villa in question and claiming that the house is not in bad condition at all.
The original owners of the villa in Florida were Jozef Mihalik and Jozef Michálek, with the former selling his share to Drucker. Mihalik and Michálek co-own a company called Panorama Sport Hotel, which owns the Holiday Inn hotels in Bratislava, Trnava and Žilina. Matovič claims that they received €400,000 from the Economy Ministry headed by the Smer party, via EU funds, in order to boost the competitiveness of the hotels in Žilina and Trnava. Matovic pointed to the fact that the hotels in question are doing fine and that no EU funds were needed. He wonders whether the discount on Drucker’s villa is not somehow related to this help from EU funds.
Drucker denies all the accusations and is filing charges against Matovič for libel.
“The Minister absolutely denies the scurrilous lies and fabulations about the connections between everybody with everybody produced by Matovič over the last three days,” the press department of the Interior Ministry wrote in its response. “The minister has been openly communicative about the purchase of one half of the condominium with the media since the very beginning. He has released all details related to this.”
Later on Thursday, Drucker was taken to hospital in Bratislava due to chronic problems with a damaged disc in his neck.
To date, it is not known how long Drucker’s stay in hospital will be.
Earlier this week he said that he would announce his decision about the Police Corps President Tibor Gašpar on Thursday or Friday.
Gašpar’s withdrawal is one of the requirements of the people gathering at protest rallies across Slovakia.
13. Apr 2018 at 5:53 | Compiled by Spectator staff