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 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.