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Slovak police seek to strip MP Ďurkovský of parliamentary immunity

The June 22 issue the Nový čas daily reported that Slovak police have asked the General Prosecutor's Office to strip Andrej Ďurkovský, an independent MP and former mayor of Bratislava, of his parliamentary immunity. If the request is approved by the prosecutor’s office then parliament will decide whether or not to continue Ďurkovský’s immunity.

The June 22 issue the Nový čas daily reported that Slovak police have asked the General Prosecutor's Office to strip Andrej Ďurkovský, an independent MP and former mayor of Bratislava, of his parliamentary immunity. If the request is approved by the prosecutor’s office then parliament will decide whether or not to continue Ďurkovský’s immunity.

The police made the request in connection with issues surrounding the Bratislava PKO, the city’s culture and leisure facility, whose land had been sold by the Bratislava City Council. Former mayor Ďurkovský then issued a license to demolish the building sitting on that land even though he was not authorised to do so, the daily wrote.

According the Sme daily, Ďurkovský has said that he is personally against MPs using the criminal immunity secured by their election to parliament.

“I have not changed my mind,” he told Sme on June 22, adding that he was convinced about the rightness of his acts based on legal analyses available at that time.

Ďurkovský was on the slate of the Christian Democratic Movements (KDH) for the 2010 general election and became a KDH deputy but he has since left the party due to the controversies surrounding the PKO.

Several MPs from KDH and other coalition parties said they would not support Ďurkovský if the General Prosecutor's Office asks parliament to strip him of his immunity.

Source: Nový čas, Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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