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Corrupt bureaucrat behind bars

POLICE arrested a corrupt bureaucrat employed at the agriculture ministry, just minutes after he accepted a Sk200,000 (€4,900) bribe.

Interior Minister Vladimír Palko told reporters at a press conference on September 18 that Ľubomír P., the main adviser in the ministry's legislative department, fell into a police trap that caught the bribery transaction, which also involved a representative of a private hunter's union that is engaged in a court trial with the ministry.

In return for the bribe a free membership in the hunter's union, and a jeep, Ľubomír P. promised the union that his department would remain inactive in the court case. The bribe took place in a restaurant situated just a few metres from the ministry.

Ľubomír P. may be sentenced to up to five years in jail and will also lose his job. Agriculture Minister Zsolt Simon said he did "not want such people in [their] office".

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