A co-defendant in the case of the former mayor of the Bratislava district of Rača, Pavol Bielik, was sentenced to a 12 months’ sentence, conditionally suspended for three years, the TASR newswire reported.
Slovakia’s Supreme Court ruled to this effect on August 4 when it rejected the prosecutor’s appeal against the verdict of a lower court.
The Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok had found the co-defendant, Jaroslav Š, guilty of indirect corruption on February 15 and imposed the financial sentence of €10,000, according to Katarína Kudjáková, the spokesperson of the Specialised Court.
His co-defendant, P. Bielik, was acquitted by the Supreme Court on September 30, 2010, thus confirming the previous verdict of the Specialised Court.The Prosecutor’s Office accused Bielik of having accepted a bribe of €159,969 from businessman Pavol Kollár who intended to build apartments in Rača. The case had many allegations and mysterious turns of events, such as the loss of the recordings of the bugged meeting between Bielik and Jaroslav Š., the mediator in the bribery before the court case began.
Originally, both defendants were convicted and then both were acquitted, the Sme daily wrote. The final status is that Bielik has been acquitted due to lack of evidence and Jaroslav Š. was sentenced. Jaroslav Š. did not comment on the verdict for Sme and Bielik refused to communicate with Sme.
Source: TASR, Sme
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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5. Aug 2011 at 10:00