Martin Novotný, who until recently served as an external advisor to Prime Minister Iveta Radičová, has been charged with corruption concerning subsidies intended to fund the construction of biathlon facilities in Osrblie (Banská Bystrica Region), Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic said at a press conference on Wednesday, August 17.
The TASR newswire quoted Lipšic as saying that Novotný returned to Slovakia on Wednesday from a holiday in the USA and reported for questioning. Lipšic added that the investigation into the case is going well and did not rule out the possibility that the number of accused people would grow even further.
Radičová said that a former Slovak ambassador to Kenya, Igor Liška, was arrested by police while accepting a bribe on July 29, with Lipšic informing her about the case on August 1. The prime minister has stated that her initial reaction was: "Press charges and arrest, no matter who is involved". She pointed out that the decision to build the sports facilities in Osrblie was made in 2008 by the government of Robert Fico, which spent almost €1.2 million on the project. Radičová reiterated that the government stands ready to complete the financing of the facilities but only under two conditions: that the Slovak Biathlon Association manages the financial resources in a responsible way, and that a new tender for construction work is announced.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. Aug 2011 at 10:00