Robert Fico in bed with mafia
When Mária Trošková was assistant and lover to then-PM Robert Fico (and before that to Smer MP Viliam Jasaň), the Italian police intercepted over 450 phone calls between her and mafioso Antonino Vadala, who’s now in an Italian prison awaiting trial for drug smuggling and money laundering charges. Vadala allegedly had frequent contacts with other top officials in Slovakia too between 2014-18, before his arrest. He bragged he spent €1m to buy influence in the Slovak public administration, police, customs authority, and intelligence service SIS. He boasted to an Italian police agent that he bribed then-SIS head Ján Valko (a Fico nominee) to give him intelligence collected by the Italian police. Valko denies this.