THE PARLIAMENT has stripped Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) deputy Gabriel Karlin of his deputy immunity and surrendered him to criminal prosecution, the daily SME wrote.
The investigator has charged Karlin with the crime of taking a bribe. The deputy underwent six hours of questioning at the department for serious crimes in Bratislava.
Karlin claims he knows nothing about any bribes and that he only accidentally happened to be at his Banská Bystrica office where and when the bribery took place.
The head of the Banská Bystrica county office, Milan Mráz, is also behind bars. Karlin claims that the bribe was originally intended for Mráz and he had nothing to do with it.
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 million crowns.
A source close to the Justice Ministry has confirmed that an undercover agent helped reveal the corruption.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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28. Nov 2003 at 11:00