The village of Svätý Kríž in Žilina Region (700 inhabitants) will soon have a new mayor for the first time in almost 25 years, as the current mayor will have to vacate his post following his conviction for driving without a licence, the TASR newswire reported on Wednesday, November 2.
The police caught Mayor Dušan Matejka driving twice even though his licence had been suspended. Matejka claimed that he had good reasons to drive both times – on the first occasion, to get to a fire in the village; and on the second occasion to obtain medicine for a villager whose health had suddenly deteriorated.
"I vainly appealed based on the emergency situation ... the court didn't accept my reasons," said Matejka. "Nonetheless, I'm convinced that the incidents involved preserving the health and property of the public, which is part of a mayor's duty, so I acted appropriately and feel completely innocent," Matejka concluded.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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3. Nov 2011 at 10:00