The Commission for the Prevention of Corruption announced that the person in question, against whom an investigation was initiated based on the report of the former Minister of the Interior Tatjana Bobnar, is Prime Minister Robert Golob. He received the notification from the KPK. As announced by the Prime Minister’s office, “he will present all relevant facts to the commission and thereby disprove all suspicions”. Part of the application is still in the preliminary examination, so it is not excluded that the KPK will launch an investigation against someone else.
The Commission for the Prevention of Corruption (KPK) announced at the beginning of November that, due to perceived suspicions of violations of the Law on Integrity and Prevention of Corruption, the Senate of the KPK made a decision to initiate an investigation into the case of political pressure on the police, which was reported by the former Minister of the Interior, Tatjana Bobnar. They did not say at the time who they were investigating; they wrote that they will do this when “the persons in question are notified of the introduction”.
They have now announced that they have launched an investigation against Prime Minister Robert Golob, who has thus become the subject of the investigation. He has already received the notification about the initiation of the investigation. As announced by the Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister Golob received the KPK’s notification. They added that he will “present all relevant facts to the Commission and thereby disprove all suspicions”.
With the investigation, the procedure in part of the aforementioned application continues, while part of the allegations are still being checked in the preliminary examination, the KPK wrote. From these statements, it can therefore be concluded that a report could be filed against someone else in the future.
At the same time, the KPK emphasizes that only the further process will show whether the detected suspicions of violations will be confirmed or refuted. In this way, the prime minister will be guaranteed all his rights in accordance with the regulations, and he will also have the opportunity to explain his actions.
As we reported at the beginning of November, the decision to launch an investigation was made by the senate composed of the two deputy presidents of the Commission David Lapornik and Simon Savskiwhile the president of the KPK Robert Šumi from the elimination process. He stated as the reason that he comes from the ranks of the police, where he also has a frozen employment contract, and that he and Bobnar have worked together for several years. Last December, Šumi told POP TV that every political suggestion is not political pressure. “The pressure is always on the side of the one who feels and perceives it that way. And here it is necessary to examine whether the behavior was part of the allowed, permissible and considered part of the work tasks. And on the other hand, if it was understood as illegal, unethical, unauthorized, is it really so. There are important differences here, and we cannot claim this in advance,” he emphasized.
Bobnar responded to the KPK’s decision to initiate an investigation just over two weeks ago by saying that when she made the application, which she firmly stands by, she assessed that there were inadmissible demands and conditions. “Let the experts do their job to the end and say what is permissible and what is not in this society. And the only thing I wanted to achieve with the application was to say clearly and loudly where the limit of what is acceptable in politics is. “Despite all the personal discrediting of lies and hallucinations, the laws are clear, the facts and evidence speak for themselves, and the state authorities should make a correct and independent judgment,” she added.