NEWS BRIEFS

Dzurinda revises Mečiar amnesties

Premier Mikuláš Dzurinda on December 8 revised a pair of amnesties granted by his predecessor, Vladimír Mečiar. The revisions will enable the investigation of crimes related to the thwarted May 1997 referendum on NATO entry and on direct presidential elections and the abduction of the former President's son, Michal Kováč Jr., to Austria.

Dzurinda told a press conference that he was defending the interests of the public, and had not been motivated by personal animosity towards former Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS) boss and Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) deputy Ivan Lexa or former Interior Minister Gustav Krajči.

Dzurinda said the cases are now in the hands of independent investigators, but refused to provide further details. "My decision opens up possibilities for the police and the prosecution to investigate the [Kováč] case. I believe that they will use all available information to trace the criminals," he added.

Opinions on Dzurinda's amnesty revisions differ, but he himself refused to comment on them. "It is an individual decision and I am fully aware of my responsibility," he emphasized.

Parliamentary Speaker Jozef Migaš, however, said he was not happy that Dzurinda had made the decision unilaterally, and that he hoped all matters affecting the ruling coalition would not be settled in a similar way.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Railway station in Košice

Who’s the foreigner in this country now?

The virus has highlighted some differences between migrants and locals, but erased others.

17 h
Košice

News digest: Slovakia has passed the peak of the second wave, health minister says

Polish doctors will help take swabs in Slovakia this weekend. People who have had COVID can just show their positive test result.

22. jan
Rapid testing in Košice

Nationwide COVID-19 testing – and criticism – starts again

Longer ‘screening’ different to October operation.

22. jan
Ján Sýkora is an easy-going ice-hockey player who has got a great sense of humour.

Fashion brands mean nothing to me. Professional hockey player about his life in central Slovakia

In an entertaining interview, the down-to-earth ice hockey player, Ján Sýkora, talks about being a busy bee with a poor memory.

21. jan