Corruption & scandals

News on corruption in Slovakia

Penta wants investigators to destroy Gorilla recordings

But it is possible the police will not accede to this request.Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. Dec 2018, at 13:19

Jaroslav Haščák

Police found recordings from the infamous Gorilla file in Kočner’s flat

They might confirm the authenticity of the file questioned by the financial group Penta and several politicians.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Dec 2018, at 22:07

Police searched for bulletin-board ministers. They have now been escorted to prison

The police could not locate the ex-ministers at first but later declared the search over.Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. Nov 2018, at 21:54

Marian Janušek (l) and Igor Štefanov (r)

Bulletin-board ministers go to prison

Former SNS politician Marian Janušek and Igor Štefanov got 11 and 9 years behind bars respectively.Compiled by Spectator staff, 15. Nov 2018, at 23:42

Marian Janušek, with Igor Štefanov in the background.
UPDATED: 16. Nov 2018, at 6:03

UPDATED: Denník N: Danko is a plagiarist

The daily analysed the thesis identical to that of Parliament's Speaker Andrej Danko to find it was copied from textbooks. Danko does not plan to resign, he wants to wait for the stance of a special commission.Compiled by Spectator staff, 15. Nov 2018, at 13:56

Speaker of Parliament Andrej Danko

Police will not investigate Kaliňák and Počiatek on suspicion of corruption

A criminal complaint has been rejected, the Let Us Stop Corruption foundation wrote on its blog.Compiled by Spectator staff, 14. Nov 2018, at 13:20

Robert Kaliňák

Tax fraud suspect Bašternák sentenced to five years

Businessman pleaded guilty. His lawyer appealed the verdict.Compiled by Spectator staff, 7. Nov 2018, at 14:03

Ladislav Bašternák

NAKA to examine Tiso feature on new RTVS show

The elite police unit will scrutinise the criticised trailer promoting RTVS' The Greatest Slovak programme.Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Oct 2018, at 22:33

The Greatest Slovak is presented (L-R) by RTVS head Jaroslav Rezník, TV programme director Marek Ťapák and the show´s director Peter Núñez, October 23.

Ex-PM Fico testified in the Gorilla case

The Special Prosecutor’s Office refuses to reveal when the chairman of Smer was interrogated.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Oct 2018, at 22:53

Smer chairman Robert Fico speaking at the party's congress.

Controversial businessman Kočner charged in Five Star Residence case

The businessman suspected of ties to top politicians has been accused in the case of dubiously transferred flats in a famous housing complex in Bratislava.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Oct 2018, at 22:44

Five Star Residence

Prosecutor Trnka will not pay for his misstep

The General Prosecutor’s Office failed to rule on time in the disciplinary proceedings against him.Compiled by Spectator staff, 15. Oct 2018, at 13:39

Dobroslav Trnka

Older murder of ex-mayor linked to Kuciak case

The woman who allegedly ordered Ján Kuciak's murder has also been mentioned in the murder of a mayoral candidate in the Slovak town of Hurbanovo.Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. Oct 2018, at 23:40

Alena Zs led to court in Banská Bystrica, end of September 2018

When they found out whom they killed, they asked for more money

Balaclavas, handcuffs and submachine guns: the man charged for the murder of Kuciak and Kušnírová was planning another crime, according to the Specialised Criminal Court’s ruling.Adam Valček10. Oct 2018, at 20:22

Alleged hitman Tomáš Sz. is led to court hearing.

Police have new information in the case of the missing journalist Rýpal

Unrelated to this, a relative of the reporter missing since April 2008, claims that he was murdered.Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. Oct 2018, at 13:26

Pavol Rýpal

Two investigators whose findings have benefited businessman Kočner to leave the police

Two members of the police financial unit from Banská Bystrica announced they would leave by the end of 2018.Compiled by Spectator staff, 8. Oct 2018, at 13:34

Marian Kočner

Financial Administration to be temporarily headed by Lenka Wittenbergerová

She replaces František Imrecze, who resigned last week following a scandal surrounding Chinese goods processed by Slovak customs.Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Sep 2018, at 23:57

L-R New head of the Tax Administration Lenka Wittenbergerová with the outgoing one, František Imrecze.

Candidate for Nitra mayor detained by a special police unit

The current city councillor is charged with indirect corruption dating back to when he was the economic manager of a water utility company; he later resigned from the position.Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Sep 2018, at 13:36

Štefan Štefek of Nitra

Court sentenced MP’s assistant for hacking account of former interior minister

Filip Rybanič received a conditional sentence and has to apologise to Robert Kaliňák.Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Sep 2018, at 21:24

Rybanič leaving the court, September 25, 2018.

OLAF: Slovakia might have to pay €300 million to the EU

The European Anti-fraud Office found custom-related fraud worth millions of euros. Slovakia is one of the countries that lets underpriced goods onto the EU market.Compiled by Spectator staff, 13. Sep 2018, at 15:13

Education Ministry vs. Academy of Sciences: What is the dispute actually about?

The Academy of Sciences intends to rigorously defend itself.Peter Kapitán13. Sep 2018, at 9:51

Science Wants to Live Protest March initiated the Scientists of the SAV