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SNS MPs deny signatures were forged, avoid punishment

Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška will not punish Slovak National Party (SNS) MPs Rafael Rafaj and Ján Slota.

Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška will not punish Slovak National Party (SNS) MPs Rafael Rafaj and Ján Slota.

The decision came amid allegations reported in the Sme daily that Rafaj had forged Slota’s signature on parliament attendance sheets so that the SNS chairman could avoid having his pay cut due to unexcused absences.

"Slota confirmed that the signature on the attendance sheet is his. Similarly, Rafaj confirmed that he did not sign on Slota’s behalf. Therefore, the Speaker of Parliament cannot penalise anybody," said spokesman Jozef Plško following a meeting between Slota and the Speaker.

Plško said that Slota told Paška that he was in the parliament building last week and that he attended the parliamentary session. Plško pointed out that an MP can confirm his presence either by signing the attendance sheet or voting.

Plško did not answer why Paška would not view Sme’s video, which allegedly shows Rafaj signing for Slota on May 13, 14 and 15. He also would not look at the copies of the signatures. Police also announced on May 19 that they would not investigate.

The SDKÚ-DS party has suggested that the Parliamentary Mandate and Immunity Committee take up the issue.

"Speaker of Parliament is burying his head in the sand again and is trying to smooth out the problem," said Stanislav Janis, chairman of the SDKÚ-DS deputy caucus. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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