How an anti-team dismantled an elite police team with the help of the secret service

Hints of a possible coalition break-up over rule of law not materialising for now.

arrested Pavol Ďurka of NAKA specialised team Purgatory heading to Bratislava' district court. arrested Pavol Ďurka of NAKA specialised team Purgatory heading to Bratislava' district court. (Source: TASR)

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  • the allegations against the charged NAKA officers
  • the anti-team and its work
  • the political implications of recent development in law enforcement

Months of eavesdropping, a secret agent's work and cooperation with informants led to the arrests of four elite police investigators. These investigators had been looking into an organised crime group alleged to have controlled security forces under the previous governments of Smer.

Investigators of the Interior Ministry's police inspectorate arrested four officers of the National Criminal Agency (NAKA), a move that has observers talking openly about an all-out war among the police and that has led to rumours of a possible coalition break-up.

An increasing number of coalition politicians now openly admit that the new police leadership has been too soft in dealing with people who made their careers in the security forces under Smer’s rule. They also admit that it was a mistake not to replace them after the March 2020 elections, which ended a series of Smer governments since 2012, when a coalition of four parties led by the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) of Igor Matovič put together a government.

“We thought that everyone could change for the better. We were merciful and they abused our trust. The real turning point has come. We will either stop them or we will lose Slovakia again,” Matovič, the OĽaNO chair who served as prime minister until March 2020, wrote on his Facebok page following the arrests of the NAKA officers.

In reaction to the arrests, on September 16 the government's Security Council approved the establishment of an expert working group for restoring confidence in the rule of law.

It quickly transpired that the coalition is not completely united behind the idea of the working group. Junior coalition partner Sme Rodina chair, Boris Kollár, rejected the group and said his party would not take part.

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