Controversial Dobroslav Trnka remains prosecutor

The regional court turned down the original decision of the disciplinary commission, returning the prosecutor known for the Glance House scandal to his original spot.

Dobroslav TrnkaDobroslav Trnka (Source: SME)

Dobroslav Trnka will keep his prosecutor post after the Bratislava Regional Court cancelled the decision of the disciplinary committee on April 24. The committee wanted him to take off his gown due to the Glance House case.

The court explained its verdict by saying that Trnka’s fate was decided by the wrong disciplinary senate. The whole case will now return to the General Prosecutor’s Office, the TVnoviny.sk website reported.

The verdict cannot be appealed. It will become effective after it is delivered.

Case stuck for three years

The disciplinary commission of the General Prosecutor’s Office first decided on Trnka’s removal from the prosecutor’s post on November 29, 2013. However, the Bratislava Regional Court cancelled the decision in December 2014 and ordered the commission to deal with the case.

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The Commission’s new members confirmed the strictest punishment for Trnka in April 2015, TVnoviny.sk reported.

However, he appealed the verdict again. Then his file lay around at the court for nearly three years. The proceeding was launched only after the Sme daily inquired about the case in early 2018.

The Justice Ministry, at the time led by Lucia Žitňanská, wrote that it would check why it took so long to decide on Trnka, the daily wrote.

The court’s president meanwhile launched a disciplinary action against the judge responsible for the matter, proposing to reduce her salary by 50-70 percent for three to 12 months.

The Glance House case

The Glance House case concerns the ownership rights dispute over the residential complex in Bernolákovo, which dates back to 2010.

Though any actions concerning the residential complex were blocked by the Special Prosecutor’s Office, head of the Senec cadastral office, Igor Svitek, in 2012 enabled the transfer of the building to the Gapeja company, close to tycoon Marián Kočner, based on a letter from Trnka.

While Svitek lost his job and is currently facing charges for abusing the public official’s powers, no crime is mentioned in Trnka’s case, Sme reported.

The building itself stalled in legal disputes in the meantime. In late December 2016 the court announced its bankruptcy, following the request of OTP Banka, which financed the project in the beginning. Moreover, the flats are still part of the bankruptcy estate of Gapeja, according to the daily.

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