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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?Photo

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

Opposition MP filed criminal motion against University Hospital in Bratislava

MP Jana Cigániková cites general public threat and suspicion of not reporting a crime as the reason.Compiled by Spectator staff, 13. Sep 2018, at 0:00

SaS MP Jana Cigániková

Three men were sentenced for a Slovak gangland murder

The three defendants in the 2004 murder of Peter Čongrády were refused their appeals and sentenced to many years in prison.Compiled by Spectator staff, 11. Sep 2018, at 23:36

Illustrative stock photo

Slovak driver who killed four in an accident in Hungary released on parole

Eva Varholíková, daughter of Mečiar-time privatiser and steel industry tycoon Alexander Rezeš, was released after serving two-thirds of her 9-year sentence.Compiled by Spectator staff, 29. Aug 2018, at 6:20

Varholíková left the Hungarian prison, illustrative stock photo.

Special prosecutor files a motion against Harabin

The controversial judge (ex-minister and former head of Supreme Court, Judicial Council) Štefan Harabin faces a disciplinary proceeding due to his anti-Semitic statements and comments on well-known conspirator and…Compiled by Spectator staff, 21. Aug 2018, at 14:05

Štefan Harabin

Former police president now working as adviser at Interior Ministry

This step by minister Saková has sparked huge controversy but Gašpar himself does not see it as a problem.Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. Aug 2018, at 13:41

Tibor Gašpar

NAKA detained Russian businessman Vinogradov

The Russian businessman was wanted by an international warrant for real estate fraud.Compiled by Spectator staff, 14. Aug 2018, at 13:48

Horse races, illustrative stock photo

MP Marček’s trip to Crimea has no results

Independent MP's alleged private trip to Crimea, which in fact resembled official delegation and included meeting the top representatives of the peninsula now controlled by the Kremlin, has not resulted in any…Compiled by Spectator staff, 8. Aug 2018, at 13:38

Peter Marček defended his Crimea trip before Foreign Affiars Parliamentary Committee, and explained it to media.

Technopol and other buildings controlled by Kočner & Co. have been blocked

The group around Marian Kočner prosecuted for embezzling the Technopol company.Compiled by Spectator staff, 8. Aug 2018, at 13:29

Technopol ocmplex in Petržalka, Bratislava

Silence finally? The owner of the “opera house” in Štúrovo detained

The woman whose case has been made into a theatre play was charged with ignoring the Supreme Court’s ruling and dangerous threats and brought into pre-trial custody.Compiled by Spectator staff, 7. Aug 2018, at 12:47

The "singing house" in Štúrovo

Kočner’s villa, family house and plots were seized

Allegedly, this step is connected to the unfounded VAT return worth €8.3 million.Compiled by Spectator staff, 6. Aug 2018, at 13:14

Marian Kočner

Appellate court rejects prosecutor’s complaint concerning ex-Smer MP

The higher-instance court confirmed that an ex-official of the Smer ruling party (who rose to fame thanks to the testimony of his wife describing how he packed corrupt cash in alu-foil) did not abuse his wife or…Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. Jul 2018, at 6:33

Vladimír Jánoš

The Iris senior home should have been closed down long ago

The senior home in downtown Bratislava had financial problems, failing to receive a state subsidy; but only recent publicity revealed that instead of qualified emplyees, a cook and a cleaning lady treated the…Compiled by Spectator staff, 12. Jul 2018, at 13:24

Some enior homes work very well, illustrative stock photo

MP Baránik obliged to pay €200,000 to judge for slander

Opposition deems this step intimidation of deputies that threatens their freedom of speech in parliament.Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Jul 2018, at 6:41

MP Alojz Baránik

PM Pellegrini: lack of dialogue and tolerance threatens multilateralism

At the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, he also answered questiones about migrants, Ján Kuciak and the resignations of RTVS reporters.Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Jun 2018, at 23:11

L-R: Slovak PM Peter Pellegrini and Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland after signing the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, June 27, 2018.

“Fecal phantom” gets final sentence

Turning down the appeal of the young man, the appellate court confirmed his suspended sentence.Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Jun 2018, at 22:55

Martin Macko in court, May 23.

Punishments issued for match-rigging in Slovak football

The recent case results in 6 people charged and 12 suspended.Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Jun 2018, at 14:09

Illustrative stock photo

Court: ex-boss of military intelligence is innocent

The intelligence officer who reported embezzlement and was then charged with collecting classified information and threatening national security was cleared.Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Jun 2018, at 21:11

Roman Mikulec leaves the Bratislava court June 25.

Marian Kočner and Pavol Rusko released

Kočner and Rusko will not be held in custody while they are under prosecution for forging promissory notes to the private TV channel Markíza.Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Jun 2018, at 14:39

Pavol Rusko (front) and Marián Kočner