Kiska: We Need to Do Accounting of Gorilla Scandal; It’s Festering Wound

Slovak President Andrej Kiska (stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, November 8 (TASR) – The Gorilla scandal has existed for more than ten years, has been investigated for more than five and instead of doing some real assessment, there have only been recriminations in the media among Interior Minister Robert Kalinak (Smer-SD), Police Corps President Tibor Gaspar and outgoing Gorilla special investigation unit head Marek Gajdos, said President Andrej Kiska after meeting Gaspar on Tuesday.

[The Gorilla case relates to the wiretapping of conversations during the second government of Mikulas Dzurinda (2002-06) that allegedly concerned corrupt deals between big business and senior politicians. – ed. note]

“We have to do an evaluation in order to say what we know and what we don’t; who failed and who did well. The police president should stand up and perform this assessment. The Gorilla scandal is a festering wound for our society; a wound in the trust of our people towards the rule of law. That’s why there’s a need to say where the faults are; where the problem is. Is it the judiciary, the criminal code, the investigators or the prosecution offices?,” posited Kiska.

Kiska is firmly convinced that these questions have to be answered, because scandals that are protracted for long periods of time weaken people’s trust in the state and are the cause of the rise of extremism.

Last week Kiska met with Gajdos, who was also summoned by the parliamentary defence and security committee in order to speak about pressures he was allegedly subjected to during the investigation. Kalinak has forbidden Gajdos from attending such a meeting, because he hasn’t been released from his non-disclosure agreement.