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Kotleba must explain gifts

BANSKÁ Bystrica region (BBSK) governor Marian Kotleba has to provide to each regional councillor a written explanation addressing two complaints filed against him by independent MP Miroslav Beblavý over the violation of constitutional law and conflict of interest, the TASR newswire reported on January 21.

BANSKÁ Bystrica region (BBSK) governor Marian Kotleba has to provide to each regional councillor a written explanation addressing two complaints filed against him by independent MP Miroslav Beblavý over the violation of constitutional law and conflict of interest, the TASR newswire reported on January 21.

Beblavý filed two criminal complaints against Kotleba for allegedly violating the constitution. If proven guilty, he could be punished with a fine and even lose his position.

The first complaint is related to claims that all nominees at the regional self government and employees of the regional road administration must transfer 20 percent of their salaries on Kotleba’s bank account.

“The governor confessed to journalists that he knew about the support on the part of his employees, stating that he would not object to it,” Beblavý said, as quoted by TASR. “The donations also go towards supporting political activities, however. A public official cannot accept such kinds of donations.” Beblavý added that Kotleba could face a fine of up to 12 monthly salaries.

The other complaint concerns Kotleba’s licence to run a clothes shop under the business name of ‘Mgr. Marian Kotleba - KKK – Anglická móda’.

In this respect, Beblavý added that the licence to run the outlet was put on hold as of June 1, 2014. Nevertheless, Kotleba, elected as regional governor in November 2013 and taking office in December 2013, was supposed to end his business activities within 30 days of being appointed.

The applicable constitutional law on conflict of interest concerning public officials stipulates that any official with an active business licence while serving in a public administration office can be punished with the loss of six monthly salaries, Beblavý added.

The non-public committee hearing which was held to deal with this case and regional MPs will decide about Kotleba’s case after they receive his explanation.

“Using facts he [Kotleba] refuted the motions of independent MP Miroslav Beblavý as groundless,” said BBSK spokesperson Vladimír Gürtler, as quoted by TASR.

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