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Politicians: Bribery affair puts politicians in bad light

SLOVAK MPs said that the corruption scandal two days ago, in which an opposition politician, Grabriel Karlin, was arrested shortly after he took an Sk500,000 (€12,234) bribe, put legislators and politicians in general in a bad light.

The Slovak daily Pravda reported on November 27 that Karlin, a member of the opposition party Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) and a regional HZDS official, Milan Mráz, demanded bribes from one businessman who won a Sk17 million (€409,000) public contract from the Banská Bystrica greater territorial unit (VÚC).

MPs are today expected to vote on a request by the prosecutors to strip Karlin of his parliamentary immunity, a move without which Karlin's prosecution is not possible.

Mráz has already been charged with corruption.

Pavel Nechala from the local anti-corruption watchdog organization Transparency International Slovakia said to Pravda that the case showed that corruption was present in top politics in Slovakia and that it was good that police did not back away from exposing such crimes.

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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