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Kotleba must explain gifts from employees to councillors

Independent MP Miroslav Beblavý on January 8 filed two criminal complaints against Banská Bystrica regional (BBSK) Governor Marian Kotleba over the potential violation of constitutional law on conflict of interest.

Independent MP Miroslav Beblavý on January 8 filed two criminal complaints against Banská Bystrica regional (BBSK) Governor Marian Kotleba over the potential violation of constitutional law on conflict of interest.

Kotleba now has to provide each regional councillor a written explanation addressing these two complaints. The BBSK Committee on the Protection of Public Interest hearing was attended by Kotleba and the proceedings took place in a calm mood, committee chair Jan Šeševicka told the TASR newswire on January 21.

Beblavý complained that BBSK employees are giving a part of their salary to Kotleba as a gift, even though public officials are prohibited from accepting any gifts. The second complaint concerned the fact that Kotleba had a business registered under trade name “Marian Kotleba - KKK - ANGLICKÁ MÓDA'”[English Fashion] that was active until June 1, 2014, even though as the governor he has been obliged to terminate any commercial business activities since January 2014, 30 days after he took office.

BBSK spokesman Vladimír Gurtler claimed that “by presenting facts, Marian Kotleba disproved the complaints filed by independent MP Miroslav Beblavý”, adding that Beblavý either does not know well the law, or the state of matters, or even both.

Whether the BBSK governor will receive sanctions of any kind will be up to regional councillors to decide at their session after they study Kotleba’s written explanation.

The committee issued no recommendation for the council, with the extraordinary session of the council to be summoned for beginning February to deal with the issue, Šeševička told the SITA newswire.

(Source: TASR)

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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