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Why did we have to wait ten years for the verdict in the bulletin-board case?

The case is still not concluded. The Supreme Court will have to deal with the appeal of ex-ministers; the case of embezzlement by the non-licensed banking institution of Jozef Majský has also become protracted.By Peter Kováč19. Oct 2017, at 12:25

Ex-minister Janušek, sentenced October 18.

Historically first ex-ministers were sentenced for the bulletin-board tender

Former construction ministers of the SNS party have received years in prison for the scandal surrounding the infamous bulletin-board tender. The other three defendants, ministry officers, have been acquitted. Compiled by Spectator staff ,18. Oct 2017, at 15:05

L-R: Marian Janušek is ianugurated as replacing Igor Štefanov in post of construction minister, April 2009.

The chairman of the committee tasked to improve tax returns has problems himself

The newly set-up committee meant to prepare a law on the more detailed property disclosures of politicians is headed by ex-minister Martin Glváč from Smer, who is refusing to publish details of his assets. Compiled by Spectator staff ,18. Oct 2017, at 14:52

L-R: Martin Glváč and Andrej Danko

Police: Suspects from the Shark operation defrauded almost €28 million from the state

The record fraud was based on fictitious high expenses for advertising; they divided the differences among themselves in cash. Compiled by Spectator staff ,17. Oct 2017, at 23:47

Police bring suspects to the Specialised Criminal Court in Banská Bystrica.

Thirteen people detained during a vast raid, accused of financial crime as an organised group

In the biggest operation of recent years carried out by several units of armed forces, hundreds of officers raided several companies in four Slovak regions on October 13, while detaining 13 people. Compiled by Spectator staff ,16. Oct 2017, at 14:36

Men detained October 13 are brought to the Specialised Criminal Court in Banská Bystrica two days later.

Extremely high reward for legal services in Gabčíkovo dispute reduced

In the much disputed case concerning the reward to be paid by the state to the law firm for its services in the dispute over the Gabčíkovo Hydro-power Plant, the final sum will be reduced to only 2.5 percent. Compiled by Spectator staff ,10. Oct 2017, at 23:22

Water dam in Gabčíkovo.

Lipšic: Prosecutors have double measure for coalition and opposition

While one investigation for the alleged violation of bank privacy was stopped, the other may result in laying charges. Compiled by Spectator staff ,10. Oct 2017, at 15:27

L-R: Daniel Lipšic and Igor Matovič comment on the case.

Property returns do not show evidence of Fico's watches, Danko's Mustang or Kiska's house

SNS chairman and Parliamentary Speaker Andrej Danko lost eight cars within a single year, according to his property return. Many items do not appear in the property returns of top Slovak officials. Roman Cuprik ,27. Sep 2017, at 20:29

The Bonaparte complex in which PM Robert Fico lives.

New education minister cancels controversial EU-fund call for research

The new education minister scrapped the dubious legacy of her predecessor, the call for proposals to support research and development. Compiled by Spectator staff ,19. Sep 2017, at 19:18

Educaiton Minister Martina Lubyová

Police president files charges due to information leak on Kiska’s company

Tibor Gašpar filed a criminal motion concerning the information leak on president Andrej Kiska’s alleged tax fraud, so that an internal police investigation can be conducted. Compiled by Spectator staff ,18. Sep 2017, at 14:52

L-R: POlice President Tibor Gašpar, President Andrej Kiska
UPDATED September 21

President Kiska talks about transparency, hides documents

President Andrej Kiska refuses to show contracts and invoices related to his pre-election campaign expenditures. Roman Cuprik ,14. Sep 2017, at 15:26

Andrej Kiska

Businessman Kočner sold his flat in Bonaparte

A businessman whose name appeared on the so-called mafia lists sold his flat in the disputed residential complex of Bonaparte where PM Robert Fico also lives. Compiled by Spectator staff ,7. Sep 2017, at 16:08

Marián Kočner

People will protest against corruption in Prague as well

The event will take place on the same day as in Bratislava. Compiled by Spectator staff ,5. Sep 2017, at 14:46

The first anti-corruption protest organised by students.

Slovak will be reimbursed with millions

The ex-mayor of Ivanka pri Nitre will get a million euros reimbursement for being jailed in Switzerland. Compiled by Spectator staff ,30. Aug 2017, at 23:29

Illustrative stock photo

Students gearing up for third anti-corruption march

They have meanwhile managed to collect 70,000 signatures under their petition. Compiled by Spectator staff ,22. Aug 2017, at 14:19

June 5 anti-corruption march

Tax fraud suspect may avoid punishment

After controversial businessman, Ladislav Bašternák, pays his taxes and charges against him will be dropped, the reports indicate. Compiled by Spectator staff ,21. Aug 2017, at 14:00

People protested at the Smer party congress December 10, 2016, holding a banner with businessman Ladislav Bašternák and Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák.

Poprad mayor caught drunk-driving

The mayor of the eastern-Slovak city could lose his job. Compiled by Spectator staff ,17. Aug 2017, at 5:41

Jozef Švagerko

Minister Richter to withdraw Čistý Deň accreditation

The Labour Ministry had not withdrawn the accreditation earlier, despite committee recommendations. Compiled by Spectator staff ,16. Aug 2017, at 5:34

Labour Minister Ján Richter

Interior minister will not be prosecuted for corruption

The prosecutor’s office does not find his business with tax fraud suspect suspicious. Compiled by Spectator staff ,16. Aug 2017, at 5:03

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák

Čistý Deň case re-opened

One of the Čistý Deň (i.e. Clean Day) re-socialisation centre’s former employees has been charged with sexual abuse, police confirmed. Also, the ministry has re-opened the issue of accreditation being withdrawn from… Compiled by Spectator staff ,14. Aug 2017, at 14:59

Čistý Deň facility in Galanta

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