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Illegal property law withdrawn

JUSTICE Minister Daniel Lipšic withdrew his proposal for a law that would require some owners, especially those whose belongings far outstretch their legal income, to prove the origin of their property. The law had been intended as an anti-corruption tool.

The withdrawal of the law came as the result of changes that MPs wanted to make to the law. Lipšic said the alterations would soften the legislation to an extent he was not willing to accept.

The law is the second piece of anti-corruption legislation that Lipšic has withdrawn over the last two days. A similar scenario took place on January 21 when MPs pushed through changes to a conflict of interest law that was designed to introduce stricter transparency rules for MPs and other state officials.

"I am not a fan of symbolic laws. I prefer laws that have meaning and that can be enforced," Lipšic said to the Slovak daily Pravda after he withdrew the draft.

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
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