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Kaliňák: Slovak MP attempted to influence medical workers

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák said on November 4 that a Slovak MP attempted to encourage the medical workers on the scene at last wekend’s premier league football match to say that they were called to assist at the match by the club, even though they were called there by police, the TASR newswire wrote.

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák said on November 4 that a Slovak MP attempted to encourage the medical workers on the scene at last wekend’s premier league football match to say that they were called to assist at the match by the club, even though they were called there by police, the TASR newswire wrote.

Kaliňák said the information came "from an anonymous source," and refused to specify which party the MP is a member of. When asked by opposition SMK ex-chairman Béla Bugár for the MP’s name, Kaliňák promised that he would reveal it following the session. However, the minister didn't reveal the name to the media, saying that he doesn't want to escalate the politicisation of the affair.

"If he is a bad guy, it makes no difference whether he is a Hungarian or Slovak," said Bugár, who acknowledges that the crackdown was partially justified.

However, he added, innocent football fans were affected as well. It will be possible to give a definitive opinion only after the investigation of the incident has been completed.

"I think I have provided enough evidence ... for those who don't want to see, nothing will be sufficient," Kaliňák said when asked whether he would present a video-recording that would prove that the Ferencváros (from Hungary) fans attacked the Slovak policemen.

Prosecutor General Dobroslav Trnka, who took part in the session along with the minister, and Police Corps vice-president Stanislav Jankovič described the crackdown as a professional and appropriate action. Trnka also criticised the politicisation of the whole case, which in his opinion, puzzled the Slovak Police Corps.

Medical workers treated some 50 people and six were transported by ambulance to Dunajská Streda hospital. An 18-year-old man who was caught up in the stampede that ensued with the confrontation was transported by helicopter to a Bratislava hospital. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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