Corruption & scandals

News on corruption in Slovakia

Slovakia wins €34-million dispute in the emission sale scandal

The verdict is not valid yet, though.Compiled by Spectator staff, 2. Dec 2020, at 16:48

Big money is at stake over Slovakia's CO2 emissions.

Jankovská admitted to her relationship with Kočner. She also mentioned Fico

Former state secretary of the Justice Ministry started cooperating with the investigators after months in pre-trial custody for corruption-related crimes.Matúš Burčík, 26. Nov 2020, at 12:29

Monika Jankovská

Former state secretary Jankovská has reportedly confessed

Coalition politicians have welcomed the news.Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Nov 2020, at 18:00

Monika Jankovská

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.Compiled by Spectator staff, 12. Nov 2020, at 17:48

Dušan Kováčik

Corruption investigation goes on. Investigators come close to Smer

Some of the people arrested on corruption charges in the past few months are now cooperating with the police. They also mention Fico.Roman Cuprik, 10. Nov 2020, at 13:33

Former Police Corps president Tibor Gašpar is in custody. Robert Kaliňák (left) and Robert Fico (right) still stand behind him.

Former top police officials taken into custody

The court released those detained during the Purgatory operation who have cooperated with the police.Compiled by Spectator staff, 9. Nov 2020, at 11:33

Former police corps president Tibor Gašpar leaving interrogation.

Most suspects facing corruption-related charges in the Operation Gale taken to custody

The decision is not valid yet as the accused and the prosecutor have appealed.Compiled by Spectator staff, 2. Nov 2020, at 11:12

Zoroslav Kollár (l) arrived in NAKA.
UPDATED: 28. Oct 2020, at 18:28

Storm transforms into Gale. More judges and an influential businessman detained

The police raid related to corruption in Bratislava courts.Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. Oct 2020, at 11:24

Businessman Zoroslav Kollár (l) was brought to NAKA.

Prominent prosecutor charged and suspended

Dušan Kováčik faces corruption and other charges.Compiled by Spectator staff, 23. Oct 2020, at 13:09

Dušan Kováčik in handcuffs after the police arrested him on October 22.

PM Matovič defends his wife, accused of preferential treatment

He calls the reports an attempt to discredit him. Opposition parties ask for documents proving his claims.Compiled by Spectator staff, 21. Sep 2020, at 11:50

PM Igor Matovič at September 19 press conference.

Police targeted judges in Žilina due to corruption

Five people have been detained and 13 have been charged.Compiled by Spectator staff, 14. Sep 2020, at 16:35

The police raided homes of several people linked to the corruption at Žilina courts.

NAKA detains its former anti-corruption unit head

Krajmer left NAKA after the murder of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová.Compiled by Spectator staff, 11. Sep 2020, at 16:13

Róbert Krajmer detained at his house in Nitra on September 10.

Top investigators of the biggest corruption case are leaving the police

The investigation into bribery linked to agricultural subventions has so far landed businessmen Martin Kvietik and Norbert Bödör in prison and is still ongoing.Matúš Burčík, 30. Jul 2020, at 17:15

Norbert Bödör leaves the Specialised Criminal Court free.
Today in Slovakia

Coronavirus number higest since April, epidemiologists will convene on Monday (news digest)

Read the July 9 overview of news from Slovakia.Compiled by Spectator staff, 9. Jul 2020, at 18:20

PM Igor Matovič

Corruption suspect with alleged ties to Smer and Kočner taken into to custody

Norbert Bödör, accused of money laundering, was first released by the Specialised Criminal Court. The Supreme Court has overturned the decision.Compiled by Spectator staff, 9. Jul 2020, at 18:02

Norbert Bödör at the Supreme Court on July 9, 2020.

Corruption suspect with alleged ties to Kočner was detained, but later released

Norbert Bödör has been charged with money laundering in one of the largest corruption schemes in Slovakia.Compiled by Spectator staff, 6. Jul 2020, at 11:39

Norbert Bödör arrived to the Specialised Criminal Court on July 5.

Another international scandal? Slovak consulate in St.Petersburg under scrutiny

Slovak consulate issued visa to a Russian citizen later involved in a murder in Berlin.Michal Katuška, 1. Jul 2020, at 14:32

Foreign Affairs Minister Ivan Korčok

How the agricultural subvention agency was turned into a bribe machine

The Slovak National Party (SNS) that co-ruled the country until recently also implicated by some witnesses.Peter Kováč5. May 2020, at 12:41

Juraj Kožuch arrives to court.

Ex-representative of the Agricultural Payment Agency and a financier suspected of taking bribes of €1m

The police laid charges of corruption in connection with the agricultural subsidies.Compiled by Spectator staff, 23. Apr 2020, at 22:47

Former head of the Agricultural Payment Agency Juraj Kožuch

New top Interior Ministry official might take a lie detector test

She faces suspicions of involvement in a carousel VAT fraud in eastern Slovakia. The OĽaNO minister and his deputy stand behind her.Compiled by Spectator staff, 23. Apr 2020, at 13:53

Interior Minister Roman Mikulec