In less than two months, 306 individuals have called the anti-corruption telephone hotline set up in Slovakia’s Cabinet Office, with 25 calls being anonymous, the SITA newswire reported.
Most callers were dissatisfied with inactivity or protracted proceedings by various authorities. They also stated general suspicions of corruption or asked about the proceeding of their own filings. Of the 306 phone calls, 80 were requests for an investigation of alleged corrupt behaviour. The requests mostly dealt with suspicion of corruption in the police force, local governments, and courts. Of the 80 requests, 49 were dropped because they did not include information fulfilling the definition of the criminal offense of corruption, the Cabinet Office stated.
The Anti-Corruption Hotline, 0850 111 001, has operated since May 18. Citizens can use it to report suspected corrupt behaviour or to file a motion on corruption in any field of public life. The complaints will either be investigated by the Cabinet Office or will be submitted to competent offices or authorities, SITA wrote.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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13. Jul 2011 at 14:00