MP vote buying trial stopped

THE INVESTIGATION into allegations of MP vote buying has resulted in police being sure a crime was committed, but failing to accuse a specific culprit. Therefore, the criminal trial of MP Iveta Henzélyová, a former member of the New Citizen's Alliance (ANO), has been stopped, the Pravda daily wrote.

"The criminal trial was stopped because facts were not proven that would enable to the prosecution to charge a specific person," police spokesman Martin Korch said.

He added that the investigators would be able to re-open the case provided that new evidence was found.

Henzélyová, who was secretly recorded speaking about how someone had tried to offer her various benefits, including the reconstruction of her family house, if she voted with the ruling coalition, refused to comment on the results of the investigation.

On the other hand, ANO chairman Pavol Rusko is happy with the investigation. "I am glad that the police concluded a crime had taken place, and I believe the culprit will eventually be found, as well," he said.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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