The case in which Slota was supposed to “shave” Fico is coming back. The accused are two former senior representatives of the environmental department – Domáce – Správy

Damage for 47 million euros and no punishment even after 15 years. The sale of free emission quotas to a foreign garage company quickly became a hot political issue. Despite this, no one was responsible for it until this year. However, thanks to a search of the criminally prosecuted oligarch from the background of Smer, the police have finally charged the first three people and declare that they may not be the last at all. Former actors of this case pointed to the ex-chairman of the SNS, Ján Slota.


Robert Fico, Ján Pociatek and Ján Slota on a photo collage.

VIDEO: Excerpt from the video in which Ján Pociatek and Dobroslav Trnka talk about Ján Slot as a ‘complete king’ who was supposed to earn from emission quotas and also ‘shave’ Robert Fico (warning, the recording contains a lot of profanity).

The Emissions case consists in the questionable sale of unused carbon dioxide quotas to the American company Interblue Group, which was based in the garage. In 2008, Slovakia sold 15 million tons of emissions that it could not produce at a price of 5.05 euros per ton, while some neighboring countries, such as the Czech Republic or Hungary, sold them at twice the price at the same time. The fact that this garage company sold the emissions to Japan caused the state a loss of 47 million euros.

The right of succession to the American company Interblue Group was later acquired by the Swiss company Interblue Group AG, which later even sued the Ministry of the Environment for more than 34 million euros for not selling it additional quotas. Envirorezort won the court this year.

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The police conducted criminal proceedings in the case of the sale of emissions in the past as well. It started in mid-December 2009 on the basis of a criminal complaint, it was stopped in September 2013. The investigation was renewed last year after new evidence was found during a raid on the oligarch Jozef Brhel, who has been prosecuted in the Mýtnik case for corruption since February 2021. When members of the National Criminal Agency (NAKA) began to investigate multimillion-dollar tenders at the Financial Administration, they also searched Brhel’s office in Bratislava’s Hilton Hotel.

As reported by the portal, several documents from international legal aid from Switzerland or Cyprus were to be found with Brhel, a former member of the HZDS and later a person close to the Smer party. Only investigators and prosecutors should have such documents.

Is it Slota’s turn?

It was the documents found with Brhel that were supposed to serve the police to start a new criminal prosecution. She accused two then officials of the Department of the Environment, who, according to the investigators, committed their fraud as an organized group. However, only a few months before, one of the suspects died.

“In a criminal matter supervised by the Office of the Special Prosecutor’s Office of the General Prosecutor’s Office, known as Emissions, on October 18, NAKA performed actions in order to secure evidence of criminal activity. In the matter, charges were brought against three persons PH, PS and NH for a particularly serious crime of fraud committed by an organized group, which caused damage of at least 47 million. euros,” informed the spokeswoman of the General Prosecutor’s Office, Jana Tökölyová.

Police Read more They accused three people in the emission case. They should have caused at least 45 million euros in damage

The police specified that two of the accused are former high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Environment and the other accused is a natural person.

One of the accused should also be the project manager at the time, who in the past admitted a close relationship with Sloto, and according to several indications, he was the one who should have earned the most from the sale. Slota does not appear in the case yet. The police noted that the list of accused may be extended over time.

“The NAKA investigator continues to perform procedural actions in the Emissions criminal matter. Three persons accused as members of an organized group are currently being prosecuted at large. Accusation of other persons cannot be ruled out at the current stage of the criminal proceedings. Due to the ongoing investigation, it is not possible to provide more detailed information,” Karolína Barinková, spokeswoman for the police presidium, told Pravda.

The suspect died

In 2014, the Special Prosecutor’s Office published a list of persons and companies that were supposed to share the profit from the dubious sale of emissions. Although the document does not contain data on the amount of transactions, it shows that, in addition to companies registered on the island of Sv. Vincent, three Slovak companies and two natural persons in Belize, Cyprus, Switzerland and Japan.

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Financial Public Service from Bratislava, Milenium Trading from Lučenac, Karex Food from Zvolen and two persons Norbert Havalec and Rastislav Bilas were on the list obtained from the Swiss judicial authorities in 2010 and 2011.

In the past, Bilas acted as a project manager of Interblue Group. Norbert Havalec was an advisor to the Minister of the Environment, Ján Chrbet (SNS). At that time, the investigation allegedly confirmed that no other legal or natural person had business relations with the company. Interblue Group LLC.

However, Bilas will no longer be prosecuted. In April of this year, firemen in Bratislava found him in the dead man’s house, along with two poisoned adult women and two children. Although there is still no indication of possible third-party culpability, the police have not yet closed the case of the death of one of the actors in the Emission case.

The beginning called Slota the king

In addition to Slot, then Prime Minister Robert Fico was also supposed to benefit from the sale of emission quotas. This is mentioned in the over an hour long recording from the hidden camera of the now convicted businessman Marian Kočner, which was installed in the office of the then General Prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka. The recording, probably from January 2009, captures the interview of the then Minister of Finance Ján Počitak (Smer) with Trnk.

“That Slota made incredible money. He invented a new business last year that no one knew about, and that was the sale of emission quotas. He mentioned somewhere that there are some international quotas. No one knew such a thing existed. The cat dreamed it up somewhere. He devised a system to sell it to someone. He sold it to some American-Japanese consortium for 2.2 billion,” Počiatek tells Trnk on the recording.

“He even shaved Fico, damn it, because he didn’t give him a half of it, but he got him in some other way, a complete king, unbelievable. But that he thought of it. He finds some reason in everything. He only plays for his own goal,” concludes Počiatek’s narration.

While still prime minister, Fico pushed for the dismissal of two ministers of the environment for the SNS, Ján Chrbet, who signed the contract with Interblue Group, and Viliam Turský, who failed to cancel it, due to the issue of emissions. Finally, he took the whole resort away from the nationalists. Despite Počatka’s words about the alleged division between Slot and Fico, the chairman of Smer emphatically denied any involvement in this case.

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