The performance of ex-general prosecutor Trnka suspended

The decision comes only one day after a video showing Marian Kočner installing a camera in Trnka's office was published.

Dobroslav TrnkaDobroslav Trnka (Source: Sme)

General Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár has decided to temporarily suspend the performance of his predecessor, Dobroslav Trnka, as prosecutor. The reason is the start of a disciplinary proceeding, the private broadcaster TV JOJ reported on its website.

The information was confirmed by the spokesperson of the General Prosecutor’s Office, Andrea Predajňová.

The decision came shortly after the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism published video footage showing how mobster Marian Kočner is placing a camera in the office of former general prosecutor, Dobroslav Trnka, while Trnka himself is present in the room.

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The preparation of the proposal to launch the disciplinary proceeding against Trnka started on October 29, i.e. before the video was published, TV JOJ informed.

As Predajňová told the broadcaster, the General Prosecutor’s Office has been looking in the past few days at possibilities of legally putting Trnka aside following several recently published scandals concerning his relation with Kočner.

Apart from the video, the Denník N daily published a recording of a conversation between Kočner and Trnka, suggesting the ex-general prosecutor was accepting bribes and trying to blackmail Penta’s co-owner Jaroslav Haščák.

Only two weeks ago, Čižnár claimed it was not possible to stop Trnka from doing his job, since no charges for a concrete crime had been brought against him, the TASR newswire reported.

Disclaimer: The Penta financial group has a minority share in Petit Press, the co-owner of The Slovak Spectator.

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