Opposition proposes no-confidence vote for Justice Minister

Justice Minister Tomáš Borec will face a no-confidence vote in parliament for the second time this election term.

Justice Minister Tomáš Borec will face a no-confidence vote in parliament for the second time this election term.

Opposition MPs submitted a proposal for a no-confidence motion against Borec over the appellate review he has filed in the case of former Košice municipal politician Frantisek Olejník, the Pravda daily wrote on March 20.

A former Smer deputy in Košice, František Olejník, was found guilty of corruption, but Borec has submitted a special appeal to the Supreme Court. He also decided that Olejník does not have to start serving his prison sentence while the appeal plays out, the Sme daily reported in mid-February.

The Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok sentenced Olejník, who was charged with taking a bribe, to five years in prison and a fine of €3,000. The verdict was later confirmed by the Supreme Court in April 2013. Both courts issued their verdicts based on police wiretapping Olejník’s phone calls for several months. However, Borec opines that the courts erred and he is innocent, as the courts decided without relevant evidence.

The Košice politician was in a coalition that featured also the national ruling Smer party. “Despite the fact that in the case involved, absolutely apparent facts were confirmed by the Supreme Court, the justice minister decided, under very non-standard circumstances, to file an appellate review to the benefit of Mr. Olejník and postponed his imprisonment," MP Daniel Lipšic said, as quoted by Pravda. Lipšic managed to collect the 20 MPs’ signatures necessary for the proposal to be dealt with. He said they will be submitted on a date agreed upon by the opposition; and then the special session will have to be summoned within seven days.

(Source: Pravda, Sme)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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