Former mayor of Bratislava Andrej Durkovsky has been cleared of mishandling public assets in the case involving the listed building PKO in Bratislava, thanks to a procedural discrepancies in the investigation by the public prosecution and the police, reports TASR newswire today.
Durkovsky, formerly a prominent member of the Christian democrats KDH, was accused of selling off the building and allowing its demolition (since halted by injunction) under disadvantageous conditions and without the necessary consent of the City Council, but now the Attorney General’s Office has dropped the charges from April 2012, thereby accommodating Durkovsky’s petition.
Back in 2006, mayor Durkovsky signed an agreement with the company Henbury Development, basically approving the demolition of the popular venue to make way for a new development called Riverside City. It wasn’t until 2011 that the police started to look into the case, but Durkovsky was protected by MP immunity at the time, with two failed attempts to strip him of it in parliament. Durkovsky stepped out of the KDH party following an agreement with the leadership.
Durkovsky’s lawyer claims the latest development proves his innocence, especially since the sale and eventual demolition of the PKO building was previously approved by city councillors back in June 2005.