State prosecutor general steps down after caught drink-driving
State Prosecutor General Drago Šketa stepped down two days after he was pulled over by police and fined for drink driving. Admitting to the act, Šketa apologised to everyone he might have hurt.
Addressing reporters on 2 October, Šketa said he was driving home from a private party late on Saturday, 30 September when he was stopped by police near Maribor and breathalysed.
The legal limit in Slovenia is 0.24 milligrams of alcohol per litre of exhaled air and Šketa said his breathalyser test showed 0.37.
"I received a fixed penalty notice, but not a motion for misdemeanour judge because the exceeded alcohol level did not merit such a motion," Šketa said.
He notified the justice minister of the situation straight on Saturday and on Monday morning tendered his resignation in writing to the State Prosecutorial Council, the president of the National Assembly and the justice minister.
He said he offered his resignation because he always stood for a high level of integrity by all state officials.
"I offered my resignation because I believe my actions could harm the reputation of the office of state prosecution and state prosecutors," he said.
Šketa, who has spent most of his career at the prosecution service, served as state prosecutor general from 2017 and started a new six-year term this May, having been the only candidate for the post.
Until a new state prosecutor general is appointed by parliament at the proposal of the Prosecutorial Council, it is likely that his deputy Mirjam Kline will act as a stand-in.
Justice Minister Dominika Švarc Pipan responded to his resignation by saying she appreciated Šketa immediately taking responsibility for his conduct, whereby he displayed his integrity and respect for his office, the prosecutorial organisation and the judiciary in general.
The state prosecutor general is appointed by the National Assembly for a six-year term based on a proposal from the State Prosecutorial Council after obtaining the government's opinion.