ECB Policymaker Kazimir Charged With Bribery, Denies Wrongdoing

Peter Kazimir attends the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong, China, on Jan. 15, 2018. (Bobby Yip/Reuters)

PRAGUE鈥擲lovak central bank Governor and European Central Bank governing council member Peter Kazimir has been charged with bribery but denies wrongdoing and will defend himself against the charges, Kazimir and his lawyer said on Tuesday.

“I do not feel guilty of any crime,” Kazimir, who served as finance minister before taking the central bank post in 2019, said in an emailed statement that followed a media report that he had been charged.

Kazimir’s lawyer Ondrej Mularcik confirmed to Reuters by phone that Kazimir had been charged with bribery and would appeal the decision, but gave no further details.

“ state of facts in the resolution is untrue and in the reasoning itself lacks confirming evidence,” Kazimir said.

“I do not have any information nor I am aware of breaking the law, nor did I ever have any interest in influencing any proceedings.”

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

ECB declined to comment.

By Robert Muller and Jan Lopatka

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