First person close to a prime minister goes to prison

FORMER advisor of ex-prime minister Iveta Radičová, Martin Novotný, was imprisoned on September 22. He became the closest ever aide to a Slovak prime minister to go behind bars.  

Martin Novotný (r) and his lawyerMartin Novotný (r) and his lawyer (Source: SME)

Novotný was found guilty of corruption relating to the reconstruction of the biathlon course in Osrblie and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment. On the same day, the former ambassador to Kenya, Igor Liška also commenced 15 months imprisonment.

“Both are currently imprisoned in Bratislava,” Katarína Kudjáková, spokesperson for the Specialised Criminal Court, told the Sme daily.

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As well as imprisonment, Novotný and Liška have also been fined €15,000 each.

Novotný and Liška were charged with bribery, when they attempted to receive €30,000 from businessman Peter Kňazík via mediator Pavol Prečúch in July 2011. The bribe was intended to be in exchange for arranging a subsidy of €300,000 from the Government to enable completion the aforementioned biathlon course of which reconstruction had been suspended at the time. They also allegedly promised to arrange a subsidy from the Ministry of Education. The reconstruction work eventually received a total of €1.6 million from the prime minister’s financial reserve and the Ministry of Education. Police arrested Liška in July 2011 after he had collected €30,000 in marked banknotes.

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