ECB policymaker Kazimir charged with bribery, denies wrongdoing

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FILE PHOTO: Peter Kazimir, as the Minister of Finance of Slovakia, attends the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong, China January 15, 2018. Businesshala/Bobby Yip
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Prague (Businesshala) – Peter Kazimir, the governor of the Slovak central bank and a member of the European Central Bank’s governing council, has been charged with bribery but denies wrongdoing and will defend himself against the charges, Kazimir and his lawyer have said. said on Tuesday.

“I do not feel guilty of any crime,” Kazimir, who served as finance minister before taking over as the central bank in 2019, said in an emailed statement.

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The Slovak news website, citing several unnamed sources, reported that Kazimir was indicted in a case related to an alleged bribe for the country’s former tax administration chief, who has been charged in several cases and is now working with investigators. is cooperating.

Kazimir’s lawyer Ondrej Mulrasik confirmed to Businesshala by phone that Kazimir had been charged with bribery and would appeal the decision, but did not provide any further details.

“The position of facts in the resolution is untrue and the argument itself lacks corroborative evidence,” said Kazimir.

“I have no knowledge of breaking the law, nor have I ever been interested in influencing any proceedings.”

Members of the ECB Governing Council may be removed if they have been found guilty of serious misconduct or the authorities provide sufficient evidence that they have engaged in such misconduct.

The ECB declined to comment.

Reporting by Robert Mueller and Jan Lopatka; Additional reporting by Balzs Koranyi in Frankfurt; Editing by Alex Richardson and Mark Potter

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