Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

BY PETER SCHUTZ

László Nagy is joking

Opposition SMK party chairman Béla Bugár's statement that the party will not take any action against MP László Nagy, who is ensnared in a Sk18 million bribery scandal, tells us nothing we didn't already know, given that Nagy no longer holds a senior post in the SMK, and the party is not allowed to take his mandate.

Opposition SMK party chairman Béla Bugár's statement that the party will not take any action against MP László Nagy, who is ensnared in a Sk18 million bribery scandal, tells us nothing we didn't already know, given that Nagy no longer holds a senior post in the SMK, and the party is not allowed to take his mandate.

What the SMK should be getting Nagy to do is offer the public a clear and logical explanation of why his name came up so often in the phone transcripts of three men charged in the bribery affair of Košice deputy mayor Eugen Čuňo. The joking we heard yesterday from Nagy that "every normal person would act that way" is absurd coming from the head of the parliamentary Human Rights Committee.

It is curious that Nagy, who wasn't afraid to meet with Cuban dissidents, began to behave so secretively after learning his phone might be bugged. What was he afraid of? Did the SMK ask him about this?

Unless Nagy's role in this case is cleared up, a shadow will fall not only over his name but also that of the whole SMK. Bugár's argument that Nagy is only a witness in the case is a recap of his legal status, not an answer to the political and moral questions it raises.

Corruption is not restricted to the SMK but is a widespread public phenomenon. At the moment, however, it looks as if the SMK is taking Nagy under its protective wings.


Sme, February 21

Top stories

EU roaming fees to end on June 15 – in theory

Slovak customers still waiting to find out how mobile operators will implement change.

Archaeologist pieces together early history of what is now western Slovakia Photo

For an archaeologist, the most important thing is his most recent rare discovery, says Július Vavák.

Students visited Svätý Jur as part of their European Wanderer project

How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.

General Prosecutor filed a motion for the dissolution of ĽSNS

The Slovak Supreme Court received a motion to dissolve the extreme right ĽSNS party founded and led by Marian Kotleba.

Jaromír Čižnár