Parliament has refused to waive the legal immunity of Slovak National Party (SNS) deputy Sergej Chelemendik, the SITA newswire wrote. This means that he cannot be prosecuted for a car accident in which he was involved in December 2006. In mid-March Chelemendik wrote a letter to the speaker of parliament, Pavol Paška, in which he offered to give up his parliamentary immunity in an effort to enable an objective and fair investigation of the accident. Only thirty-nine deputies voted for the request of General Prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka to approve Chelemendik's prosecution. If the parliament had agreed to Trnka's proposal, Chelemendik would have been the first deputy in this term of parliament to be stripped of his immunity from criminal prosecution. Chelemendik was to have faced a charge of causing bodily harm. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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22. May 2008 at 17:00