Police Intimidate Journalist in Machinations Affair
In connection with the recently uncovered affair surrounding alleged machination with the assets of the Slovak military intelligence service VSS, journalist with daily Hospodarske Noviny, Martina Ruttkayova, found herself being interrogated and intimidated by the police, even being told by police commissioner Tibor Gasparic that she should leave the case alone.
Ruttkayova went to the police voluntarily to share a confidential document that had been delivered to her anonymously at the daily, but soon found herself being questioned about what she knew and her communication with key actor in the case, Roman Mikulec, who was recently charged along with former VSS lieutenant Katarina Svrcekova. The charges against them have met with suspicion as Mikulec initiated an investigation into the dubious transfers.
In addition to taking a DNA swab and fingerprints of Ruttkayova, on the premise that they need it to exclude her prints from those on the document, the police told the journalist that as a mother she shouldn’t be involved with people like Mikulec.
A police raid on Mikulec’s car at the weekend saw him and his alleged fiancée Svrcekova facing charges of leaking confidential information. Former VSS head Mikulec is, in fact, a crucial witness in the whole case, and it was he himself who launched an investigation into the siphoning off of assets from VSS, so the motive behind the charges against him are in question, and the latest developments point to what is looking more and more like a massive cover-up.