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Watchdog Attacks Attorney General Over Emissions Scandal

Independent watchdog Fair-Play Alliance (AFP) is filing a criminal complaint against the Attorney General over how he closed the controversial case involving the sale of Slovakia’s emission quotas back in 2008.

Attorney General's Office, Bratislava (c) The Daily.SK

Attorney General Jaromir Čižnár is being accused of ignoring the information sent by Swiss authorities regarding the case, which points to a network surrounding the company Interblue Group that cashed in an alleged EUR 47 million from the deal as intermediaries, with possible links to politicians.

AFP points out how civil servants at the Ministry of Environment could have been involved and profited from the deal, and so it has decided to file a criminal complaint against the Attorney General’s Office.

At a press conference on Tuesday, head of AFP said “The Slovak prosecution is acting as if it wanted to protect some unknown high-standing ministry official”. It seems an amount of USD 3.8 million was deposited in Swiss bank accounts and collected by someone high up at the Slovak Ministry of Environment, which was under the remit of the Slovak Nationalist Party (SNS) at the time.

The Swiss documents in the case include the identities and bank details of all those involved, but the materials were never officially disclosed and have apparently been lost. AFP has set up a petition on its website where people can send a letter to the Attorney General demanding an explanation as to how the documents could be lost and for the office to look into the case properly.

6 Comments for “Watchdog Attacks Attorney General Over Emissions Scandal”

  1. Dave C.

    The uncompleted nuclear reactor farce has all the aroma of a scandal. It now appears that ENEL have no experience at all with nuclear power plants? You have to wonder why key facts like this were not established much earlier. The concern about strategic industries and resources could have been blinded by the shimmer of gold perhaps?

  2. Dave C.

    Whilst not in the same league as the Euro 200 million plus in dodgy deals that BnM’s mate is trying to stuff under the carpet a local case involving 80K of public money that’s gone MIA illustrates the attitude that pervades those organisations employed to combat the wrong doers.
    A public employee blows the whistle on the “waste” of about 30K, he loses his job, the LG Auditors find that the true figure is 80K+ and describe the reasons for this “waste” as being down to corruption. They hand the matter over to the local plods who only interview the one person, named as the perpetrator, and who had sole control over the “missing” money and decide that “there is no reason to start prosecution since the activities do not have the character of a criminal act.” Er…… excuse me!, 80K + of public money has “disappeared” – did it just vaporise?. Strikes me that many of the officers currently serving couldn’t investigate the contents of their own nostrils let alone a crime which bodes the question – are the right people being employed?

  3. George M

    Yes, yes, yes boys all very nice comments …but in truth we also have a WatchDOG with no teeth …

    What we need is a feisty beast in this post, someone who will bite, take no bullying, be thick skined, have no mates etc ….someone who will not just move on ….

    My vote is for James ……..subject to stringent background checks of course .

  4. Dave C.

    Has anyone asked the Swiss for another copy of the file? Also the FBI passed information to Slovakia but there is scant mention of that either. Maybe the Swiss should leak the file onto the Internet, the matter is of public concern and it appears the authorities here have a habit of conveniently “losing” damning evidence. Old School Pal seems even more adept at sweeping issues under the carpet than Beanpole – one has to wonder if Mr Centes would have been so remiss?
    BTW The US embassy report on the issue, available to read on Wikileaks, makes no bones about who was probably behind this scam and who ended up with the dosh. That document alone should be grounds for a criminal investigation and charges and as it is out their in the public domain I can’t see the Americans refusing to hand it and any other intel. over.

    • Dave C.

      Now it appears one of the “missing” documents from the Swiss not only named names but gave account details and the sums involved. How the GP’s office could lose such documents and subsequently not asked for further copies and then decide there is no case to answer points to one and only one conclusion.
      It is quite clear that Slovakia suffers from a bent police force, bent prosecutors and bent judiciary all of whom’s sole purpose is to protect bent politicians, their bent friends, bent cronies and bent public servants. Time to stop all political nominations and appointments, sack all those currently in post and replace every man jack of them with decent honest folk. That is the only solution to institutionalised corruption and the only way to regain the confidence of the people.

  5. Matteo

    What a joke of a country at times. Hang them by the b@lzs.

    Good jokes:

    1. It seems an amount of USD 3.8 million was deposited in Swiss bank accounts and collected by someone high up at the Slovak Ministry of Environment, which was under the remit of the Slovak Nationalist Party (SNS) at the time.
    2. The Swiss documents in the case include the identities and bank details of all those involved, but the materials were never officially disclosed and have apparently been lost.

    Time to clean up this corrupt sloWvakia.

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