The police arrested Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) deputy Gabriel Karlín at his office in Banská Bystrica while he was reportedly accepting a bribe, the daily SME reported.
Special prosecutor Ján Bernát has confirmed the information on the arrest of a deputy, the first in Slovakia's history.
The head of the Banská Bystrica county office, Milan Mráz, is also behind bars. According to the daily, Karlín and Mráz planned to share the Sk1 million (€24,470) bribe paid by a private firm to receive an exclusive state order worth several millions of crowns.
A source close to the Justice Ministry has confirmed that an undercover agent helped reveal the case.
The parliamentary mandate and immunity committee and then the parliamentary deputies will have to decide on surrendering Karlín to criminal prosecution.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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26. Nov 2003 at 10:51