Former Attorney General Dobroslav Trnka is at the centre of yet another suspicious case of crony practices involving the transfer of a block of flats to a company linked to well-connected businessman Marian Kocner.
Trnka, who is currently deputy attorney general, is being accused of abusing public office after allowing the transfer of a block of flats in Bernolakovo called Glance House, despite the property being frozen in a dispute between the partners of the developer. Trnka gave his consent to the transfer to Jana Šlachtová, representing the partner CDI from London.
A copy of Trnka’s letter permitting the unusual transaction has been obtained by daily SME, but he had no legal authority to grant consent and it was done without the knowledge of the investigating Special Prosecutor’s Office, which only found out about the situation by chance recently.
The police have launched an investigation into the case, with the head of the cadastral authority in Senec, Igor Svitek, also suspected of being involved, as he allowed the illegitimate transaction, even though the Special Prosecutor’s Office had blocked any manipulation with the property, case pending.
When SME daily got a scent of the case, the Special Prosecutor’s Office had agreed to speak to its reporters, but this was soon halted when the Attorney General’s Office assumed exclusive jurisdiction for the case and held the Special Prosecutor’s Office to confidentiality. The daily managed to get a copy of the letter of consent from 18 May 2012 anyway.
Now the police and the cadastral authority find themselves in a position where they are “not authorised to comment” on the case as the Attorney General took exclusive jurisdiction for it, with the office grabbing also the original dossier on the building from the land registry on 12 November after reporters started showing an interest in it.
At present the property is registered to a company close to Kocner named Gapeja, which itself is in bankruptcy, tactfully or not. Businessman Kocner, who is on the receiving end of the transaction, announced that he planned to assume the claims of the financing bank to the property, even though the block imposed by the Special Prosecutor’s Office is still in force. Incidentally, Kocner and Trnka have known each other closely for years.
Trnka failed in his attempt to re-run for the post of Attorney General after political games in parliament saw opposition candidate Jozef Centes win the vote 16 months ago. Since then, President Ivan Gasparovic has abused bureaucratic loopholes not to appoint Centes to the post, in what has become a farcical show of complete indifference to the pillars of democracy, ignoring the vote in parliament and Constitutional Court rulings. The irony is that Gasparovic questions Centes’ integrity to occupy the key post, while Trnka’s integrity was never questioned by the ageing President.