THE FORMER head of the Health Ministry's expert section, Rudolf Štefanovic, and a doctor from Banská Bystrica, Dušan Štastný, each were sentenced to one year in jail over accepting a bribe of Sk2 million (?48,800).
A Banská Bystrica court also ruled the two men must pay Sk100,000 (?2,400) fines.
The corruption affair goes back to 2001 when the Health Ministry decided to approve a bid by a firm from Bardejov, eastern Slovakia, to take over the operation of the hospital.
Both men pleaded not guilty and said they would appeal the verdict.
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports.
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13. Jun 2003 at 10:41