Members of the parliamentary conflict of interest committee will look into whether the burnt-out SUV leased by Slovak National Party (SNS) MP Vincent Lukáč was a gift, the committee decided at its session on Tuesday, September 14.
The committee’s members voted unanimously in favour of a proposal submitted by committee chair Renáta Zmajkovičová (Smer) to launch an investigation into the case, the TASR newswire wrote. The MP, a former ice hockey player, will be asked to provide documentation proving that he had paid for the car. According to the Act on the Protection of Public Interests, public officials are banned from accepting or soliciting gifts. Those who break the law face a fine.
Lukáč SUV was destroyed in an arson attack in Košice in August. “It wasn’t a mafia job, certainly not,” he said at the time. “I respect the mafiosi and they respect me,” he told the Plus 7 Dní weekly magazine. This statement didn’t sit well with some MPs, with Prime Minister Iveta Radičová calling on Lukáč to give up his MP’s mandate. He later denied any contacts with the mafia and any admiration for the underworld. He added that the ‘unfortunate incident’ was being misused as part of a campaign by certain media and political parties directed against him and his party.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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15. Sep 2010 at 10:00