An enquiry into a private flight by Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík (SaS) to Salzburg and referendum letters he sent to mayors has been closed after parliament’s conflict of interest committee failed to pass any ruling on the two cases. Sulík told the committee members that he paid for the €640 flight to Salzburg out of his own pocket, and that the travel was unrelated to his official duties. Because of this, he asked the committee to stop the investigation. If he had been found guilty, he could have received a fine representing up to 12 times his monthly salary, the TASR newswire reported.
MP Vincent Lukáč (SNS) will have to submit further documentation in order to prove that he was actually renting – rather than simply using – a car that was set alight in August, the conflict of interest committee decided on Tuesday, October 19. Lukáč has already submitted a €1,000 invoice for rental of the off-road Mercedes from July 15-August 15, but the vehicle was torched on August 23. Hence, MPs are also interested in payments covering the remaining days in August. The enquiry into Lukáč's case has been underway since September 14. It was launched to determine whether the SNS MP, who is a former professional hockey player, had been using the car for free, which would represent illegal acceptance of a gift. According to the Act on Public Interest Protection, a public official can neither accept nor receive gifts, nor encourage others to provide them.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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20. Oct 2010 at 10:00