Former police president detained in operation Purgatory

there is nobody who is untouchable anymore, President Zuzana Čaputová said.

Police in JaníkovcePolice in Janíkovce (Source: TASR)

The National Criminal Agency (NAKA) have raided the houses of several former top police officials, including former police corps president Tibor Gašpar in Janíkovce (Nitra Region), beginning in the early morning hours of November 5.

As part of Operation Očistec (Purgatory), the police have detained and charged several people, said Jana Tökölyová, spokesperson for the Special Prosecutor’s Office, as reported by the Sme daily. Gašpar, who filed a criminal complaint against another former high-ranking official, Bernard Slobodnik, just the day before, is among those detained.

Apart from Janíkovce, NAKA has been searching houses in Ivanka pri Dunaji (Bratislava Region), where former head of NAKA Peter Hraško lives, and in Levice (Nitra Region), where former top-ranking police official Bernard Slobodník lives, the private broadcaster TV Markíza reported.

Meanwhile, former head of the Anti-Corruption Unit of NAKA, Róbert Krajmer, was brought to the Police Corps Presidium in Bratislava shortly after 7:00, the Aktuality.sk website reported.

The people detained reportedly include Marián Zetocha, former head of the financial intelligence unit at NAKA, who currently serves as the head of wire-tapping at the Slovak Information Service (SIS) intelligence agency, according to the Topky.sk website.

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