THE SPECIALISED Crime Court has sentenced Michal Valach, a former prosecutor from Lučenec, to 3 years in prison. Valach was found guilty of accepting a bribe of almost €10,000 for postponing the sentence of a man who caused a car accident with fatal consequences, the SITA newswire reported.
However, the Sme daily noted that Valach did not actually make any arrangements on behalf of the sentenced man, he only faked doing so. Thus he wasn’t sentenced for bribery but rather for fraud.
It is the first time the Specialised Crime Court has sentenced a prosecutor in a corruption case. Valach was sentenced to three years in prison and must pay a fine of €10,000. He will probably appeal the ruling, Sme reported, and his case will be forwarded to the Supreme Court. Valach’s lawyer also has questioned the legal authority of Slovakia’s new Specialised Crime Court.
12. Oct 2009 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff