The opposition Slovak National Party (SNS) has filed a motion with the General Prosecutor's Office against Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic and State Secretary Maroš Žilinka (both Christian Democratic Movement (KDH)) concerning their proposal to lift the parliamentary immunity of SNS MP Igor Štefanov in order that he can be charged with serious offences, SNS first vice-chair Andrej Danko said at a press conference on Thursday, March 10.
Danko accused the two top representatives of the Interior Ministry of transgressing their powers, saying they hadn't been authorised to look into the prosecution dossier. "Looking into a dossier is regulated by a special regime. Given that the minister clearly articulated the amount of the damage and the prospects for a conviction, said that the situation concerning evidence is good, and cited persons ... it's evident that the two must have looked at the dossier," Danko said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
Lipšic announced at a press conference on Wednesday, March 9, that a certain MP will face a parliamentary motion aimed at depriving him of his MP's immunity for his involvement in the shady bulletin-board tender that took place at the Construction Ministry when it came under the remit of the SNS, now in opposition.
Lipšic didn't deny that the person concerned is SNS MP Igor Štefanov who served as a senior official at the ministry when the tender was announced and later became construction minister after his party colleague Marián Janušek was sacked over the tender. The Construction Ministry in 2008 announced a tender for supplying various legal and advertising services co-financed by EU Funds solely on a notice board located within the ministry's headquarters. The ministry subsequently signed an agreement with the sole bidder – a consortium that included two companies called Zamedia and Avocat – and paid out part of the money for the services. It later came to light that both Zamedia and Avocat have links to SNS chairman Ján Slota and that the consortium's bid was extremely expensive.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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11. Mar 2011 at 10:00