The Parliamentary Conflict of Interest Committee on June 9 took up the case of a private citizen who filed a complaint that the expenses of former finance minister Ivan Mikloš, now an MP for the SDKÚ, do not correspond with the information published about his income, but failed to hold a vote because it lacked a quorum. Even so, the MPs in attendance did not decide if the committee had the right to investigate an MP's financial situation.
Committee head Gábor Gál (an SMK MP) says that the law governing public interest protection incorporates sanctions, but it does not grant investigative powers. The state bodies can only act within the bounds of the law, he added.
If the committee decides to take action, it can request Mikloš's ownership certificates, which would only prove an alleged inadequate increase of his assets. Gál criticised this law as too weak to enable a deeper investigation, and as very easy to circumvent.
According to the head of the SDKÚ parliamentary caucus Stanislav Janiš, the complaint is clearly political and is fabricated to draw media attention, which was also confirmed by the absence of Smer MPs at the committee session.
Smer MP Ľubomír Petrák tried to justify his colleagues' absence as due to the short notice about the meeting, and said he thinks the complaint has to be dealt with. He also pondered why such a committee exists if it doesn’t have the authority to investigate. He also denied any connection between Smer and the complaint. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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10. Jun 2008 at 7:00