LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian Defense Minister Janko Veber has been sacked for using military intelligence to monitor the state telecoms company ahead of its potential sale.

Parliament voted 68-11 late Thursday to fire Veber after a commission confirmed he had asked military intelligence officials to examine the security impact of the privatization of Telekom Slovenia.

The parliamentary commission has ruled that the spy agency does not have a mandate to snoop on non-military companies. Prime Minister Miro Cerar had demanded Veber's dismissal, saying he had breached laws on using the spy agency.

Veber claimed that Telekom Slovenia has some tasks linked to the country's defense system.

The international bid for the sale of Telekom Slovenia is to start next week.