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THE ELECTION of Slovakia’s general prosecutor in May 2011 might have been sabotaged, according to confidential testimonies that were submitted by three MPs but recently leaked on the internet.

THE ELECTION of Slovakia’s general prosecutor in May 2011 might have been sabotaged, according to confidential testimonies that were submitted by three MPs but recently leaked on the internet.

Former Most-Híd MP Igor Sidor alleged in evidence he gave to prosecutors that he and other governing coalition MPs were instructed on how to vote in the secret ballot. MPs were supposed to decide how to vote independently, the Sme daily reported on February 21. The General Prosecutor’s Office has been investigating allegations that the vote was sabotaged since 2011.

The vote in question took place in May 2011. At the time, the then ruling coalition was seeking to avoid the selection of the outgoing general prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka for a second term. Then prime minister Iveta Radičová had threatened to resign if Trnka were chosen. The Constitutional Court confirmed last year that the votes in May and June 2011 by which Jozef Čentéš, rather than Trnka, was chosen were legitimate.

Andrej Ďurkovský, a former MP for the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and one-time mayor of Bratislava, testified that each party, including his own, agreed to a specific way of marking the ballots so that they would be invalid and Trnka would not be elected. Vladimír Matejička (Smer), who acted as a teller, claimed that the number of the types of invalid ballots was about the same as the number of MPs in each caucus and that it was “clearly pre-arranged”. However, Pavol Hrušovský (KDH) and Richard Sulík of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) in their testimonies denied the allegations.
Neither Sidor nor Ďurkovský are MPs in the current parliament.

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