Despite a court ban on the publication of the book of Slovak-based Canadian journalist Tom Nicholson on the Gorilla corruption allegations, head of the Canadian-Slovak Chamber of Commerce, Joseph Burza, has offered to publish the book, reports TASR newswire.
Burza wants to speak to Nicholson about the possibility of issuing the banned book in Slovakia or in Canada as he owns a publishing house. The book was stopped by an injunction in February at the petition of Penta shareholder Jaroslav Hascak, who is at the centre of allegations in the Gorilla reports of bribing politicians and public officials. Even PM Iveta Radicova said the injunction was a violation of freedom of speech. Nicjholson already received an offer from former Czech Deputy PM Jiri Cunek.
The Gorilla corruption affair may have slid to the side of the radar recently as the number of demonstrators has become scarcer and scarcer, but this is partly because the affair has already sunk into the awareness of everyone in the country, who maybe know there is no point taking to the streets now as they will have the last word in the elections next week on 10 March. The outcome of the Gorilla investigation and the exercising of criminal liability for anyone found guilty will probably very much depend on the new executive in the country.