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Prosecutor's office starts prosecuting ex-minister Kaligak for sabotage.

The General Prosecutor's Office has 30 days to decide whether it will charge Kaliak based on the criminal complaint of special prosecutor Vasi Spirko.The General Prosecutor's Office will launch an investigation of the outgoing interior minister Robert Kaliak (Smer) for the crime of sabotage, the Sme daily wrote on March 13.This prosecution will be based on the criminal complaint of Special Prosecutor's Office prosecutor, Vasi Spirko, who last week accused Kaliak, together with police leadership, of marring the investigation of a case in which the minister was directly suspected of corruption.

What is the charge?Kaliak committed sabotage, according to Spirko, together with Police President Tibor Gaspar, head of the National Criminal Agency (NAKA) Peter Hrasko, and head of the National Anti-corruption Unit Robert Krajmer. While the minister has already announced his resignation, the other three involved officials remain in their positions for now.

Sabotage is among the gravest crimes, and the sentence for those found guilty is between four and 10 years and in some special cases even a life sentence. The law stipulates that anyone who intends to harm the constitutional establishment and abuses their position to mar or increase the difficulty of fulfilling a crucial task of a state body commits sabotage.

Spirko's criminal complaint will be checked by the General Prosecutor's Office (GPO), which now has 30 days to decide whether it is launching a criminal prosecution in the case. However, GPO head, Jaromir iznar, has already showed disdain towards Spirko's steps, calling his press briefing "a garden party".

The first time in historyThis is the first time a special prosecutor has filed criminal complaint involving a minister, but it must be treated as an ordinary citizen's.Spirko described how in 2016 he started investigating a million-euro corruption case involving a state order of the Interior Ministry.

The main suspects were Kaliak and former finance and transport minister, Jan Poiatek, both from the Smer party. After Spirko started dealing with the case, he was promptly accused of abusing the powers of a public official and all his cases were taken.

The investigation ended with the conclusion that he did not commit any crime. The ensuing disciplinary proceeding did not discover any fault, either.

But the crucial corruption case was concluded by another prosecutor as not substantiated.

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Publication:Slovak Spectator (Bratislava, Slovakia)
Date:Mar 13, 2018
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