UPDATE 1-ECB policymaker Kazimir charged with bribery, denies wrongdoing

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Prague, Oct 12 (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 said. And his lawyer said on Tuesday.

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“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.

The Slovak news website www.aktuality.sk, 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 accused in several cases and Now he is cooperating with investigators.

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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 Müller and Jan Lopatka, Additional reporting by Balz Corani in Frankfurt Editing by Alex Richardson and Mark Potter)

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