THE OPPOSITION’S initiative to dismiss Justice Minister Tomáš Borec was unsuccessful, as only 50 out of 131 MPs present voted for his ouster at a special parliamentary session on March 25. Borec faced the no-confidence motion due to issuing an appeal in the case of convicted former Košice city councillor František Olejník.
In line with expectations, the Justice Minister received support from all present Smer MPs. Almost all opposition lawmakers voted for his dismissal, with the only exceptions being independent MP Mária Ritomská, who voted against the motion, Štefan Kuffa from Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), who abstained, and Miroslav Kadúc (OĽaNO), who did not vote.
The no-confidence motion was initiated by independent MP Daniel Lipšic, who in the past served both as justice minister (2002-06) and interior minister (2010-12). “There's a serious suspicion that minister Borec has abused his post in order to prevent a convicted person from going to prison,” Lipšic said on March 24, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
Charged with accepting a bribe, Olejník was sentenced to five years in prison and fined €3,000 by the Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok. The verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court in April 2013. Even though the verdict was effective, Olejník never actually started serving his prison sentence. Borec’s appeal will be handled by the Supreme Court on April 7.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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26. Mar 2014 at 10:00