Opposition Calls Parliamentary Security Committee to Debate Gorilla

A protest against the Gorilla scandal in Bratislava in 2012. (Photo by TASR)

Bratislava, October 21 (TASR) – The Opposition has collected enough MPs’ signatures to initiate an extraordinary session of the parliamentary security committee to debate the resignation of the chief investigator of the Gorilla corruption scandal, OLaNO-NOVA caucus leader Richard Vasecka said at a press conference on Friday.

The Opposition also wants to see at the meeting Interior Minister Robert Kalinak, Police Corps president Tibor Gaspar and the chief investigator Marek Gajdos himself.
“If necessary, let the session be secret, but we don’t want to be satisfied with answers like that they can’t tell us anything. It’s unpleasant to see honest investigators who wanted to investigate the Gorilla scandal properly resigning, while people like [former interior minister and ex-MP of OLaNO-NOVA] Daniel Lipsic are being persecuted,” said Vasecka.

According to Vasecka, the Gorilla files [alleged transcriptions of the wiretapping of conversations between big business and senior politicians in the mid 2000s – ed. note] seem to be at least partly authentic.

“Nevertheless, Special Prosecutor Dusan Kovacik has been blocking the investigation, and we haven’t come to anything after four years, so it’s necessary to ask Kalinak and Gaspar for an explanation,” said Vasecka.

Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) MP Lubomir Galko at the press conference said that Gajdos has decided to leave the police because he became annoyed at all the obstacles Kovacik placed in his investigation.

“[Gajdos] hasn’t been thanked for his service, but has instead been accused of escaping his responsibility. This was said by the same police president who stated that several members of the investigation team had several times received bonuses, and there also had been two promotions. If they had poor results, what were they rewarded for?” asked Galko.

Gajdos, when resigning from the police a few days ago, said that his departure was partly due to “conditions created by the attitude of several people having influence on my work and indirectly also its results”.