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Sme: Convicts in corruption cases were freed by presidential pardon

The mass pardon that President Ivan Gašparovič granted at the beginning of this year on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Slovak Republic has cleared several offenders convicted in serious corruption cases, the Sme daily reported on Wednesday, march 6, issue.

The mass pardon that President Ivan Gašparovič granted at the beginning of this year on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Slovak Republic has cleared several offenders convicted in serious corruption cases, the Sme daily reported on Wednesday, march 6, issue.

Among them was Jaroslav Suščák, who was convicted of acting as an intermediary in the alleged payment a bribe of Sk5 million (approximately €166,000) by an investor to the mayor of the Bratislava borough of Rača, Pavol Bielik. (Bielik’s conviction by the Special Court for accepting the bribe was earlier overturned by the Supreme Court.)

The Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok confirmed several other cases: Považská Bystrica former district prosecutor Tibor Abaffy, who was convicted of accepting bribes and abuse of office, was pardoned; so was clerk Štefan Maliňák, who offered a senior official at the Labour Ministry a bribe of €20,000 to rewrite a draft law on pension saving; Ján Balaj, who offered bribes of €42,000 in order to secure orders from the Defence Ministry; and former judge Eva Koczanová, who issued unlawful decisions in fraudulent restitution cases, Sme wrote.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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