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Mayor charged with bribery

The mayor of a village lying close to Bratislava was charged with bribery after two specific cases of bribery. Compiled by Spectator staff ,23. Mar 2017, at 15:30

Police President Tibor Gašpar

Bašternák accused, but Fico stays in Bonaparte

The charges could still allow Bašternák to pay his tax debt and be acquitted. Michaela Terenzani ,23. Mar 2017, at 14:44

Bašternák on a poster stating "Our Man", with Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák approaching.

The official from bulletin-board tender wants to plead guilty

The two main defendants, former SNS ministers, refused to plead guilty; but if a third defendant does so, they may end up with tougher sentences. Compiled by Spectator staff ,22. Mar 2017, at 23:02

Marián Janušek

Bašternák charged with tax crimes

The case goes back to 2012 when the businessman asked for excessive VAT refunds. Compiled by Spectator staff ,21. Mar 2017, at 13:57

People protested at the Snem party congress December 10, holding a banner with businessman Ladislav Bašternák and Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák.

Harabin can continue to work as judge

The disciplinary proceeding against former justice minister, ex-chair of the Supreme Court (SC) and Jusicial Council, Štefan Harabin, ended with an acquittal. Compiled by Spectator staff ,20. Mar 2017, at 13:55

Supreme Court judge Štefan Harabin

Ex-policeman: Raids at Bašternák were suspicious

Former senior police officer points at suspicious actions of the police during raids of firms belonging to businessman Ladislav Bašternák who rose to fame because of his high-profile political connections. Compiled by Spectator staff ,20. Mar 2017, at 13:35

On February 14, police made another raid at a company of Ladislav Bašternák, in Tipého Street.

Words cannot cure cancer

There is corruption in the highest places after all, general prosecutor admits. Michaela Terenzani ,16. Mar 2017, at 20:31

Corruption reaches high, says Jaromír Čižnár.

Minister Lajčák refutes accusation saying tender not legally needed

Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák reacted to most recent accusation by a former ministry employee, retorting that nobody wittingly made a slip in conenction with the Slovak EU presidency. Compiled by Spectator staff ,15. Mar 2017, at 23:05

FAM Miroslav Lajčák

Ex-head of medical rescue service Bratislava sentenced for bribery

The former head of the Operation Centre of the Medical rescue Service in Bratislava, Ľubomír Kočiš, was sentenced for allocating extra bonuses to his subordinates and then requiring part of the sum back. Compiled by Spectator staff ,15. Mar 2017, at 22:45

L-R Then health minister Rochard Raši and former head of the Medical Rescue Service Bratislava Ľubomír Kočiš.

National anti-corruption unit examined 547 crimes last year

Out of these 357 were connected to corruption. Compiled by Spectator staff ,14. Mar 2017, at 0:28

Coalition agrees on a solution for scrapping Mečiar’s amnesties

It will unveil details on Wednesday, March 15. Compiled by Spectator staff ,14. Mar 2017, at 0:20

Andrej Danko (SNS), Robert Fico (Smer) and Béla Bugár (Most-Híd), from left, announced agreement on a way to scrap Mečiar's amnesties

Police, not prosecutor stopped investigation of Bašternák case

Controversial businessman Ladislav Bašternák is officially not suspected of trying to corrupt Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, as police, and not the prosecutor as originally reported by some media, halted the… Compiled by Spectator staff ,13. Mar 2017, at 14:17

Dušan Kováčik

Police raid companies completing Mochovce plant

The National Criminal Agency (NAKA) is conducting a raid at several companies involved in the completion of the nuclear power plant in Mochovce (EMO). Compiled by Spectator staff ,8. Mar 2017, at 22:29

Mochovce nuclear power plant

Court accepted the charges in bulletin-board tender

Two former ministers, accused in one of the biggest scandals of the first Fico government, may become the first two ex-ministers to be sentenced. Compiled by Spectator staff ,2. Mar 2017, at 6:25

Marián Janušek (l) and Igor Štefanov (r)

Ombudswoman: MFA violated the constitution

Transparency International Slovensko now prepares a lawsuit. Compiled by Spectator staff ,28. Feb 2017, at 22:59

Foreign Minister Minister Lajčák

Employee of the ministry’s agency accused of corruption

If found guilty, the employee of the Agricultural Paying Agency may spend up to eight years in prison for taking a bribe. Compiled by Spectator staff ,27. Feb 2017, at 13:22

Police will check overpriced EU presidency

The presidency will also be scrutinised by state auditors. Compiled by Spectator staff ,21. Feb 2017, at 13:35

The ceremonial launch of the Slovak presidency's logo.

Police raid Bašternák premises

The raid was linked to the residential complex Bonaparte, where PM Fico also rents a flat. Compiled by Spectator staff ,14. Feb 2017, at 13:48

A police car standing in front of the residential complex on Tupého Street.

Car of local councilor burnt out

Lukáš Ranik believes it was arson because he uncovered corruption. Compiled by Spectator staff ,7. Feb 2017, at 6:41

Richard Sulík, leader of SaS

Top constitutional lawyers call for scrapping amnesties

Former Constitutional Court judges, constitutional lawyers and academics say parliament should pass a constitutional law to abolish Mečiar’s amnesties. Compiled by Spectator staff ,30. Jan 2017, at 14:27

Judge Juraj Babjak

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