Parliament’s conflict of interest committee was divided on Tuesday, October 19, over whether it is possible to prosecute a public official after they have left their position in the public sector. Their deliberations concerned the case of former labour minister Viera Tomanová (Smer), and specifically contracts she and her deputy allegedly signed with a department of their own ministry while in office.
Tomanová was asked to explain the contracts in question that were concluded between her, former state secretary Emília Kršíkova (Smer) and the Labour, Social Affairs and Family Ministry's Educational Centre. If Tomanová is found guilty, she will be fined a year's salary – though it also unclear whether this would be her former ministerial salary or her current salary as an MP, the TASR newswire wrote. Eventually, MPs agreed to suspend the investigation into the case in order to look for verdicts from the Constitutional Court that could represent precedents in the cases.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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20. Oct 2010 at 10:00