Special prosecutor resigns from post as pre-trial custody comes into effect

Kováčik faces charges in what investigators described as a major corruption scheme. Resignation is a logical step, President said.

Dušan KováčikDušan Kováčik (Source: Sme)

Dušan Kováčik, the top prosecutor of the Special Prosecutor's Office whose role is to prosecute serious crimes, including corruption, has given up his post.

He officially announced his resignation to the parliament on November 12, nearly three weeks after he was arrested on corruption charges and suspended as Special Prosecutor. Kováčik, who faces charges over his involvement with what the investigators described as an organised criminal group that also involved former top police officers, has been in pre-trial custody ever since his arrest.

"With regard to the fact that the ruling of the Specialised Criminal Court from October 25, sending me into pre-trial custody, has come into effect, I hereby resign from the post of Special Prosecutor according to the provisions of the law on prosecutors," Kováčik wrote in the letter as reported by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Gábor Grendel (OĽaNO).

Replacement early next year

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
This article is also related to other trending topics
Dušan Kováčik

Top stories

News digest: Former state secretary describes the corruption at courts

Schools will definitely not open on Monday. Coronavirus vaccine could be available starting in mid-December. Slovakia joins campaign to fight violence against women.

The Presidential Palace lit in orange, to support the Orange the world! campaign.

One in five women has experienced violence

The situation is far from satisfactory, said President Čaputová.

Secret votes and public lies

There are uncanny echoes today of Slovakia’s agonies over its choice of chief prosecutor ten years ago.

Dobroslav Trnka (left) and Jozef Čentéš (right), the candidate who was eventually selected by MPs in 2011, never got to take up the post because the then president, Ivan Gašparovič refused to appoint him for reasons that were never clearly explained.

How a Catholic charity became a voice for migrants in Slovakia

Religious organisations have added leverage in changing perceptions of foreigners and migrants, says Caritas Slovakia.

Caritas Slovakia's ‘World Without “the Other” – Migration Myths’ campaign educates Slovaks on migration in a fun and artistic way.