Special Prosecutor Kováčik fined for a €200,000 loan

At the same time, the National Criminal Agency turned down a criminal complaint against him.

Special Prosecutor Dušan KováčikSpecial Prosecutor Dušan Kováčik (Source: SME)

The investigator of the National Criminal Agency (NAKA) will not deal with an anonymous criminal complaint, filed on August 23, against Special Prosecutor Dušan Kováčik. The complaint concerned a loan he allegedly received from his brother.

“He was fined by the Bratislava Customs Office for an offence committed due to ignorance and misinterpretation of the cash restrictions law, when he mistakenly believed that the loan could not be considered a payment,” Special Prosecutor's Office spokesperson Jana Tökölyová said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Although the exact amount of the fine is unknown, it may be as high as €10,000, the Denník N daily reported.

In September 2017, Kováčik walked to the bank and deposited €204,000 in cash into his account. Although the bank reported the transaction to the police, they looked into the case only two years later, after Denník N reported on it.

Kováčik said he did not know that he could not receive such a high amount in cash, as the daily wrote.

A loan, not a bribe

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Both Kováčik and his brother were asked to give an explanation regarding the loan without any delay, Tökölyová added. Kováčik's brother submitted the documents to prove the origin of the funds.

“The money in question came from the sale of shares in a cooperative, of land, and savings of his brother, who provided it to him [Special Prosecutor Kováčik] with the proposed dates and method of installments,” Tökölyová said, as quoted by TASR.

Kováčik mentioned the loan in his 2017 property disclosure, as well as in the questionnaire of the National Security Office (NBÚ), she added.

“It was clearly a loan, not a bribe,” Tökölyová said, as quoted by TASR.

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