Police reportedly investigating Košecký

NOT ONLY an inspection of the Economy Ministry, but also police currently are investigating Ladislav Košecký who was recently dismissed from the post of the executive director of the ministry-owned company MH Development, because he leased a vehicle from his own firm Mertimex, the Sme daily reported in its November 4 issue.

NOT ONLY an inspection of the Economy Ministry, but also police currently are investigating Ladislav Košecký who was recently dismissed from the post of the executive director of the ministry-owned company MH Development, because he leased a vehicle from his own firm Mertimex, the Sme daily reported in its November 4 issue.

Meanwhile, based on proposal submitted by the opposition, Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška said that a special session to discuss the case will take place on November 5, the TASR newswire wrote.

The Economy Ministry sent the inspection to MH Development in late October. Its spokesperson Miriam Žiaková told the TA3 news channel that if they find something unusual, they will submit a criminal complaint. Police Corps Presidium spokesperson Denisa Baloghová however told Sme they were not waiting for the ministry motion.

“Though the National Criminal Agency has not received any criminal complaint from the Economy Ministry yet, it acts in the case,” Baloghová added.

The opposition meanwhile submitted the proposal to summon a special session to discuss possible embezzlement at MH Development. MP Miroslav Beblavý, who drew attention to the case, does not like the decision of the ruling Smer party not to send inspectors of the Supreme Audit Office to the company.

“Smer does not want to investigate the case properly, which is proved by the intention of [Economy] Minister [Pavol] Pavlis to entrust the inspection to the current supervisory board of MH Development,” Beblavý said, as quoted by Sme.

According to the MP, the supervisory board has been overlooking Košecký’s gaffes for two years. The proposal was signed by 31 MPs, which is enough for summoning the session.

The opposition reportedly wants to ask at the session about dismissing all members of the supervisory board of MH Development, Sme wrote.

Košecký was forced to leave his post in late October after Beblavý sent a letter to Pavlis, informing him that Košecký had been renting a Toyota Land Cruiser from his own company. He also said Košecký used state money to pay off the fine of nearly €13,000 he received from the parliamentary committee for conflict of interest for having a position in a state firm and simultaneously managing a private firm, which is forbidden by law, Sme reported.

Source: Sme, TASR

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