The Smer party has proposed two new members for vacant seats on the board of the Nation’s Memory Institute (ÚPN) and the Sme daily wrote on June 26 that one is Roman Lebeda (29), involved with a ‘social enterprise’ from eastern Slovakia, adding that the Gemer business, where Lebeda was in charge of education for unemployed and socially-disadvantaged people, is currently being investigated by the police.
Sme also wrote that the other nominee, Ján Hrubý (25), an employee of an IT company who studies political science, had likened Slovakia’s Special Prosecutor’s Office to a fascist institution and also thanked Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič for not officially approving Jozef Čentéš as the country’s General Prosecutor.
Both nominees come from the social-democratic youth wing of Smer party that is led by MP Andrej Kolesík, with Lebeda serving as his assistant. Kolesík defended their nominations, saying he considers them talented and skilful young people. He stated that Hrubý just made a comparison and not a judgment and that Lebeda had nothing to do with the social enterprise’s finances and is not under investigation by the police
There are only two vacant posts on the ÚPN board, a state institute that researches and publishes documents about the eras of fascism and communism.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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26. Jun 2012 at 10:00