SaS Calls on Finance Minister Kazimir to Dismiss FS Head Imrecze

Financial Administration head Imrecze (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, April 8 (TASR) – Opposition Freedom and Solidarity Party (SaS) is calling on Finance Minister Peter Kazimir (Smer-SD) to dismiss Frantisek Imrecze from the post of Financial Administration (FS) President, TASR learnt from SaS leader Richard Sulik on Friday.

SaS wants to see Imrecze dismissed due to suspicions of influencing the result of the tax audit of Five Star Residence in favour of businessman Ladislav Basternak. “Although these serious accusations against Imrecze were raised by an anonymous person, a former FS employee, SaS finds the statements trustworthy, since they include details that only could have been available to an FS insider,” said Sulik.

SaS believes that the suspicion of tax fraud involving businessman Basternak cannot be objectively examined as long as FS is headed by people who might have covered up his activities.

Information appearing in media indicate that an organised group of offenders, including those occupying top posts, might be involved in the Five Star Residence case, stated SaS. “Therefore, we call on special prosecutor Dusan Kovacik and respective police authorities to set up a special team to investigate the case and regularly inform the public on its results – in line with the Penal Code,” said SaS.

Imcrecze already responded to these accusations earlier this week. He told a news conference on Wednesday (April 6) that FS is not covering up any tax fraud. He views these accusations as an attempt to slander FS and a campaign to undermine the ongoing investigation into fraud cases.

“I believe that the driving force behind this campaign against FS is the fact that it’s highly inconvenient for someone to see us investigate the dealings of ‘VAT-ers’,” said Imrecze in reference to the short form for people who manipulate the VAT regimen for profit. “We have waged a very active and intensive fight against tax fraud for four years. The anonymous letter, allegedly written by our former employee, contains a lot of untrue information.”