Police seized mobile phones of judges and ex-state secretary due to corruption suspicions

Police launched a criminal prosecution due to the alleged attempts to influence judges by Marian Kočner.

Monika JankovskáMonika Jankovská (Source: TASR)

The police launched a criminal prosecution due to suspicions that several judges have been influenced by Marian Kočner, who faces several charges including the forging of promissory notes and ordering the murder of investigative reporter Ján Kuciak.

This stems from the resolution by the Bratislava Region Court judge Peter Šramko , published on the Právne Listy website.

The police have already seized the mobile phones of several judges, prosecutor and ex-state secretary Monika Jankovská. The resolution published by Šramko now reveals that police officers also took a computer, as well as other details not known before, the Sme daily reported.

Šramko is critical of prosecution

The police suspect some judges of accepting bribes and abusing their power as public officials. The resolution suggests that the judges communicated with the bribers through a go-between, who was giving them instructions and bribes.

The police are quite vague in the resolution, without specifying the people or places. Šramko has criticised these methods, claiming that such vague prosecution is not legal.

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“It’s a legal catastrophe since the resolution doesn’t contain any concrete act, it shows the signs of a police state,” Šramko said, as quoted by Sme, adding that nearly everything in the document is unidentified.

The resolution he published is not usually accessible to the public. The police do not provide resolutions even after submitting a request according to the law on free access to information.

It is possible Šamko received it from one of his colleagues, Sme wrote.

How was Jankovská involved?

The resolution suggests that the police suspects “an unidentified employee of the Justice Ministry” of pushing a Bratislava V District Court judge to issue a verdict in favour of “an unidentified culprit” despite evidence.

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