Opposition SDKÚ-DS MP Ferdinand Devínsky has resigned as chairman of the parliamentary committee for education, science, youth and sport, as well as from the post as alternate member of Parliament's Permanent Delegation to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, the SDKÚ-DS press department announced on Saturday, April 18, as reported by the TASR newswire.
According to information published in the Sme daily on April 17, Devinsky allegedly had co-operated with the Communist secret service (ŠtB). He is said to have agreed to do so in 1986, shortly before he left for a research fellowship at a London university. The ŠtB was interested in British professors and the pharmaceutical research that they were carrying out. According to the documents published by Sme, Devínsky provided information on three of his colleagues.
SDKÚ-DS chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda said in parliament on April 17 that he believes claims made by Devínsky (his party colleague and a former rector of Comenius University) that he was never active in the ŠtB.
“The key for me was the part when Devínsky said that he never agreed to cooperate with the ŠtB. I have known him for many years as an educated, honest and virtuous person,” said Dzurinda, as quoted by TASR. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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20. Apr 2009 at 14:00