New top Interior Ministry official might take a lie detector test

She faces suspicions of involvement in a carousel VAT fraud in eastern Slovakia. The OĽaNO minister and his deputy stand behind her.

Interior Minister Roman MikulecInterior Minister Roman Mikulec (Source: TASR)

The nomination of Anna Bilecová for a high post at the Interior Ministry has disturbed some police officers. They point out that Bilecová's name appeared in a major cross-border VAT fraud case in eastern Slovakia.

Interior Minister Roman Mikulec and his deputy Lukas Kyselica both stand by Bilecová.

The Sme daily wrote on Wednesday that some police officers in the east reacted negatively to the nomination of former head of audit at the Michalovce Tax Office, Anna Bilecová, for the chief of staff at the Interior Ministry.

She served at the tax office when tax officers paid excess VAT returns to suspicious persons. The transcript of her phone calls with Ladislav Pipta, a man who was repeatedly prosecuted on suspicions of VAT fraud, is part of the investigation file in the carousel fraud case.

The case involved more than a hundred companies operating across the borders in 2007 - 2011, causing damage of €70 million. The case has not been closed yet.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Corruption & scandals

Read more articles by the topic

Top stories

News digest: Long queues around Slovakia on the first day of nationwide testing

Hundreds of thousands got tested during the first five hours. Experts warn it is too early to interpret the results.

Drive-in testing site in Bratislava.

Afraid of testing? Minimise your risk of infection with these test day tips

Coughing is the most dangerous part of the testing process.

Zborov, the Bardejov district

UPDATED: Nationwide testing for COVID-19 is on

Long queues have formed in front of most testing points since early morning. Some drive-through sites closed in Bratislava

Testing in Trenčín, western Slovakia

The big testing: When and where to show up, and what if I don't want to? (FAQ)

Here is what we know about the practicalities of the nationwide testing so far. Testing also applies to foreigners and diplomats in Slovakia.

Pilot testing in Bardejov