Prosecutor Spirko Files Criminal Complaint against Kalinak

Ex-interior Minister Robert Kalinak (photo by TASR)

Pezinok, March 8 (TASR) – Special prosecutor Vasil Spirko plans to file a criminal complaint against Interior Minister Robert Kalinak and top-ranking police officers over suspicions of sabotage, TASR learnt on Thursday.

“I’m filing a criminal complaint against Interior Minister Robert Kalinak and individuals holding the posts of Police Corps president, National Criminal Agency (NAKA) director and Anti-corruption Unit director over suspicions of sabotage,” said Spirko.

According to him, Spirko learnt that the top brass issued an order to “discredit him as a prosecutor regarding cases assigned to him, including the B.A. Haus criminal matter”, and that this instruction was handed down from a superior to subordinates. “The specific individual who ordered the prosecutor to be discredited was Interior Minister Robert Kalinak,” explained Spirko.

Spirko added that he’s lodging the complaint partly to create leeway to have these allegations properly investigated.

He added that in order to have his reputation tarnished, a criminal complaint was raised against him as prosecutor with the aim of preventing an investigation into serious suspicions partly directed at the interior minister.

In this context, Spirko pointed out that charges have been pressed against him twice in the past but were shown to be unlawful both times.

In the past, Spirko presided over the investigation into a case involving Kalinak’s purchase of businessman Ladislav Basternak’s share in a company called B.A. Haus.

[Kalinak has been accused of engaging in shady business links with Basternak, who is suspected of major tax fraud. – ed. note]