Dzurinda: I have never taken a bribe, Gorilla is about individuals

If the information in the Gorilla file is true, it proves failure of individuals rather than failure of the government, says the then prime minister.

Mikulas DzurindaMikulas Dzurinda (Source: Sme)

Mikuláš Dzurinda, who served as prime minister in 2005 and 2006 when the Gorilla recordings were made, has reacted for the first time since the recording was leaked online this Wednesday.

"I have never taken a bribe, nor a provision. I have never been offered a bribe or a provision either. I have never sent any person to receive, demand, or negotiate a bribe or a provision in my name, in the name of the government that I headed or in the name of the party that I led," Dzurinda stated, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

If the information in the Gorilla file is true, it proves the failure of individuals rather than the failure of the government.

Documents labelled Gorilla and Gorilla 1, which appeared online in December 2011, resemble secret service records. These documents describe the outcome of the tracking put on Jaroslav Haščák, head of the Penta financial group, which took place in 2005 and 2006, during the second government of Mikuláš Dzurinda.

Whose scandal?

While Robert Fico, whose voice is also heard on the recording in conversation with Jaroslav Haščák of Penta, has been calling the Gorilla file the scandal of the second Dzurinda government, Dzurinda, who is no longer active in politics, now labels it a scandal mainly of Robert Fico.

"Gorilla talks about the failures of individuals who were nominated by the ruling parties but also by the then opposition," Dzurinda argued.

Dzurinda says it proves that a financial group attempted to influence the decisions of governments, of institutions, of individuals and political parties.

"It is not my task and it is not even within my power to inspect the authenticity of the published materials, to investigate the suspicions and to comment on them," Dzurinda stated, as quoted by TASR.

He said he cannot rule out the failure of individual members of government or representatives of the party or its nominees in various positions and claims he has always tried to draw responsibility for such failures.

Moreover, if Gorilla is true, it also proves the intelligence agency was free to do its work, unlike later, under the government of Robert Fico.

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