Influential businessman charged as head of an organised group

Charges pressed against Jozef Brhel and his alleged accomplices, including former tax administration head under Smer.

NAKA raid at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Bratislava. NAKA raid at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Bratislava. (Source: Sme - Jozef Jakubčo)

The police have pressed charges against the former head of the tax administration and an influential businessman, an alleged sponsor of the former ruling party, on charges regarding machinations in public procurement.

SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement
SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement

František Imrecze, who served as the head of the Financial Administration on the nomination of the previous Smer government, was arrested in the early morning on Friday, January 29, Denník N reported. Imrecze was the direct subordinate of the former finance minister, now head of the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS), Peter Kažimír. He resigned from his post in September 2018. His resignation followed suspicions of customs fraud worth hundreds of millions of euros.

During the Toll Collector action, NAKA also detained eight more persons. They confirmed the case involves criminality linked with machinations in public procurement and corruption, the police said.

Jozef Brhel, who Denník N describes as the oligarch in the background of Smer and one of the most influential persons in the energy business, is facing charges as the head of an organised group.

Problematic IT orders

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

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on
  • 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 and

Top stories

Environment Minister Ján Budaj.

News digest: Face of Velvet Revolution explains his controversial past

Slovakia's 'golden goose', how to help children thrive, and Bratislava Castle will host a display about late pop singer.

2 h
Stock image.

Will we have our Ukrainian ladies?

Instead of 'cleaning lady', in some countries domestic help is referred to by a nationality.

12 h
Illustrative stock photo

It's not just whales and pandas that need saving, Slovak researchers stress

How far has science come in Slovakia in the 30 years since the end of Czechoslovakia?

31. jan
SkryťClose ad