Former Bratislava Mayor Faces Corruption Charges
Former MP for the Christian democratic movement KDH and mayor of Bratislava Andrej Durkovsky is being charged of violating obligations in handling third party property when as Bratislava mayor he essentially handed over the cultural monument and venue PKO in Bratislava.
Today the portal Aktualne.sk reported the news, with police charges now possible as Durkovsky lost his MP immunity after the March elections. Durkovsky was the target of accusations and suspicions of bribery and cronyism over two affairs of how he handled city property.
The first concerned the culture venue PKO after he gave the green light to the company Henbury Development to demolish it and build a new complex in its place. He allegedly endorsed the project without even consulting it with councillors, and so demolition work was halted after the arrival of Milan Ftacnik as Bratislava mayor pending an investigation.
According to the portal, the information is still not official, though. A few failed attempts were made to strip Durkovsky of his immunity while an MP, but now he does not enjoy such a privilege. Bratislava City Hall is claiming Durkovsky exceeded his jurisdiction when signing the agreement with the investor without the endorsement of the City Council. City Hall therefore regards the agreement and the demolition permit as invalid.