Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Former Rača mayor gets five years for corruption

THE SPECIAL Court for organized and political crime has sentenced Pavol Bielik, the former mayor of Rača district in Bratislava, to five years in prison on corruption charges.

Bielik, a former senior official with the opposition Christian Democrats, was also banned from holding public office for seven years, and was fined Sk500,000 in the court’s ruling yesterday.

Bielik’s accomplice, businessman Jaroslav Šuščák, was sentenced to 4.5 years in jail. Both men appealed the verdicts.

In January 2004, Šuščák demanded Sk5 million from Pavol Kollár of the Invest In company in exchange for securing local council approval for Kollár’s plans to reconstruct a building and erect two new buildings in Rača.

Kollár told the court that Šuščák repeatedly warned him that if he didn’t give the money to the mayor, his investment plans in Rača would not be approved.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Heavy rains flood the Tatras Video

People had to be evacuated and several hiking routes had to be closed.

Stará Lesná

Last Week in Slovakia: People marched for LGBTI rights in Bratislava Audio

Listen to all the headlines from The Slovak Spectator's news podcast.

Rainbow Pride in Bratislava

The better it gets, the worse it gets

In countries like Slovakia, we are in danger of ignoring real progress because we are enraged by the flaws that remain, and altering our standards as time goes by.

Kio li estas? Liptov welcomed Esperanto enthusiasts Photo

Biggest Esperanto summer school takes place in Liptovský Mikuláš.