Leader of the new Sieť (meaning Network) party and failed presidential candidate Radoslav Procházka said he quit the dispute with the leader of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) Igor Matovič and was not going to undergo the lie-detector test, as challenged by Matovič.

“Mr. Matovič can make do himself alone in this game, only with his director,” Procházka said on June 26, as quoted by the SITA newswire. “I quit. I am a doctor [meaning PhD], but not a psychiatrist. So I cannot render the professional help he needs.”

On June 2, leader of opposition party Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) Igor Matovič claimed that Procházka attempted to purchase campaign ads from Matovič’s family-owned company, Regionpress, under the counter. Matovič alleged in front of journalists that Procházka suggested he should pay 50-90 percent of the total sum for the desired service in cash without a receipt, the TASR newswire reported. The actual price for the services Procházka was paying for amounted to €17,200 with VAT. The ads were to be published in an advertising newspaper delivered to households around Slovakia free of charge. Matovič then called on Procházka to take a lie detector test to prove the contrary.

Meanwhile, Matovič himself took a lie detector test, which he said was administered by an independent company selected by the Nový Čas daily. Nový Čas prepared the questions, which Matovič knew in advance.

On June 24, Procházka said, as quoted by SITA, that Matovič’s attempt to discredit him by raising doubts about the funding of his presidential campaign is nothing but a well-executed and well-sponsored attempt at character assassination, but said he would undergo the polygraph test to clarify the issues surrounding the financing.

After Matovič’s comments on June 25, Procházka opines that it is clear that the whole “charade” with lie detector was only meant to put OĽaNO leader repeatedly in the news headlines. The failed candidate added that “there would be no more circus”, as his opponents would find some flaw regardless of what he might, or might not, do. Miroslav Beblavý, Procházka’s party colleague, said that the last month has shown that Igor Matovič’s goal is not to clean the Slovak politics, but rather to do “show-business”.

(Source: SITA, TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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