THE LOCAL Bratislava branch of the ruling Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) did not withdraw its member Pavel Bielik, who is charged with corruption, from the list of candidates for the upcoming regional elections, the Pravda daily wrote.
Bielik, the mayor of the Bratislava district of Rača, is running as a candidate for the post of regional MP in the Bratislava higher territorial unit.
Despite the KDH top body having asked the local party organization to consider withdrawing Bielik from the candidate list, the Bratislava branch voted to keep Bielik on.
"We voted to keep Bielik on the candidate list," said Peter Čiernik, the deputy chairman of the Bratislava branch of KDH.
Bielik is charged with accepting an Sk5 million bribe (€127,000). His trial starts today at the Special Court in Pezinok.
Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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3. Nov 2005 at 9:03