Corruption & scandals

News on corruption in Slovakia

Čaputová on Threema: We should be just when demanding justice

The president labelled the Threema scandal, if confirmed, “the biggest failure” of the Slovak judiciary.Michaela Terenzani, 10. Oct 2019, at 13:28

President Zuzana Čaputová

Voices on the Gorilla recording are authentic

The recording, found in the house of Marian Kočner, could advance the case of the biggest corruption scandal of the 2000's.Roman Cuprik, 27. Sep 2019, at 10:29

People who are central to the Gorilla file: Jaroslav Haščák, former National Property Fund head Anna Bubeníková, and former transport minister Jirko Malchárek.

Police seized mobile phones of judges and ex-state secretary due to corruption suspicions

Police launched a criminal prosecution due to the alleged attempts to influence judges by Marian Kočner.Compiled by Spectator staff, 9. Sep 2019, at 13:22

Monika Jankovská

Kočner's people can no longer earn off Technopol

The controversial case took a new turn.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Jul 2019, at 13:18

Marian Kočner

Bašternák will go to prison and lose his property

The court issued a stricter sentence for the controversial businessman guilty of tax fraud.Compiled by Spectator staff, 14. Mar 2019, at 11:54

Ladislav Bašternák at court in November 2018.
UPDATED: 25. Feb 2019, at 23:45

UPDATED: President Kiska: Fico wanted to blackmail me

Smer chair Robert Fico allegedly threatened "a war" if the president refused to appoint him as Constitutional Court president.Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Feb 2019, at 13:31

Robert Fico hands in the resignation of his government to President Andrej Kiska in March 2018.

Italian journalist: Kuciak's work burned dirty money worth millions

The murdered journalist was better at investigating than the Slovak police, says Italian journalist Maria Grazia Mazzola.Ján Krempaský4. Feb 2019, at 13:21

Maria Grazia Mazzola

The perception of corruption in Slovakia has been the worst since 2013

The murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak has underscored Slovakia's disability to fight corruption.Compiled by Spectator staff, 29. Jan 2019, at 13:34

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 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