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Push to remove Rusko's immunity

THE POLICE investigator looking into the charges brought against New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) head Pavol Rusko has filed a motion with the Office of the Special Prosecutor to request parliament to lift the ANO leader's immunity from prosecution, the daily SME reports.

Rusko reportedly extorted money from František Mojžiš, tycoon and owner of failed deposit company Drukos, five times between 1998 and 2001.

The police further suspect that Rusko forced the head of Slovakia's power distributor Slovenské elektrárne (SE), Miroslav Rapšík, to sack directors of its regional branches. Rusko reportedly achieved this through blackmail: he threatened that TV Markíza, which he owned at the time, would broadcast the information that Rapšík's wife had received a Sk100-million (€2.38 million) contract from SE.

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