Policeman from anti-corruption unit arrested for corruption

The case might be linked to illegal waste dump.

Illustrative stock photoIllustrative stock photo (Source: TASR)

The police inspectorate, running under the Interior Ministry, carried out a raid at the National Criminal Agency (NAKA) on June 13. They arrested a member of the NAKA’s anti-corruption unit, one police officer from the Bratislava II district police directorate and two civilians on the suspicion of corruption.

Meanwhile, the investigator has brought charges against all four people, the TASR newswire reported.

The police officer from NAKA’s anti-corruption unit has been accused of accepting a bribe, while the district police officer faces charges of accepting bribes and threatening confidential information in concurrence with abusing the power of a public official.

The two civilians have been accused of bribery.

“As the procedural actions are still underway, we cannot provide further information,” the Interior Ministry informed TASR.

Connection to a waste dump possible

The case allegedly pertains to the company Vassal EKO, and the illegal waste dump on Lieskovská Cestra street in Bratislava’s Podunajské Biskupice borough.

Rumours suggest that one of the detained people is Michal Kováč, authorised representative of Vassal EKO. The company’s media representative Andrea Čurná neither confirmed nor denied the information for TASR.

The illegal waste dump is situated close to Vassal EKO’s premises. However, the company distances itself from it, claiming it is not on its land. On the other hand, it also claims that it will remove the waste dump by 2021 since it wants to build a recycling centre on the site, TASR reported.

The district authority has a different opinion

The district authority meanwhile said that the waste dump was created only after Vassal EKO launched its activities in the area, which is has been proven with both satellite images and orthophotos. The company cannot argue with the old environmental burden either.

“The pictures clearly show that the old environmental burden was on the level of the surrounding terrain and was overgrown with grass,” the authority said, as quoted by TASR. “They also show that the activities that resulted in a several-metres-high hill of communal waste started only after 2008, when Vassal EKO became active in the area.”

Moreover, the only access to the waste dump is through the premises of Vassal EKO.

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