Novartis investigation committee to begin work in Parliament on Monday

The special preliminary investigation committee looking at possible liability of former ministers in the Novartis case of alleged bribery and money-laundering will begin its work in Parliament on Monday afternoon.

The committee will examine the liability of ten politicians named in the case, including two former prime ministers and eight ministers.

On Monday the committee members will elect their chairman and decide on procedural issues, such as the scheduling of their meetings.

Under the ministerial responsibility law, Parliament can follow up a minister’s liability with the setting up of a special court if the relevant act occurred during that person’s tenure as minister, and taking into account the statute of limitations on specific charges.

The committee is not obliged to publish its minutes, and may do so at its discretion.