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Slovak ECB policymaker Kazimir charged with ‘corruption-related crime’

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PRAGUE, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Slovak prosecutors confirmed on Wednesday that ECB policymaker and Slovak central financial institution Governor Peter Kazimir had been charged with a corruption-related crime.

“A prosecutor at the special prosecution office brought charges against P.K. for corruption-related crime on Oct. 8,” stated Jana Tokolyova, spokesperson for the Special Prosecutor’s Office. She gave no additional particulars.

Kazimir denied wrongdoing on Tuesday and stated he would defend himself towards the costs. learn extra

The Slovak central financial institution didn’t remark past Kazimir’s assertion. The Finance Ministry stated on Wednesday it might remark later.

ECB Governing Council members might be eliminated if they’ve been discovered responsible of great misconduct or authorities present enough proof that they’ve engaged in such misconduct.

Slovak news web site www.aktuality.sk, citing a number of unidentified sources, reported that Kazimir was charged in a case associated to an alleged bribe for the nation’s former tax administration chief, who has been charged in a number of circumstances and is now cooperating with investigators.

Kazimir’s lawyer, Ondrej Mularcik, confirmed Kazimir had been charged with bribery and would attraction the choice.

He stated Kazimir was accused of the bottom of three severities of crime in Slovakia’s penal code that’s punishable by as much as 5 years in jail, however gave no particulars of the case.

Kazimir was finance minister from 2012 till 2019 earlier than he assumed his six-year time period on the helm of the central financial institution. The tax chief was appointed by Kazimir in 2012 and remained in workplace till 2018.

Slovakia, a central European nation of 5.5 million individuals and a European Union member, has been going via a sequence of investigations of corruption amongst public officers since voters elected the present authorities in March 2020 amid anger over the 2018 homicide of a journalist who investigated high-level graft.

Reporting by Robert Muller; Editing by Alison Williams, Editing by Timothy Heritage

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