Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák publicly admitted for the first time to parliament on February 5 that a police video from an action against rowdies at a soccer match in Dunajská Streda, where police claim they were attacked by Hungarian fans, exists. However, he refuses to release the video, the SITA newswire wrote.
"We are not a video library," said the Interior Minister.
Opposition SMK deputy László Koteles asked the minister about the recording, wondering whether it existed at all. The minister initially did not directly answer his question and Koteles criticized him for that. Later, Kalinak answered: "It exists."
A video recording was also requested by Hungary which wanted it to confirm whether the police intervention was justified. The Slovak police had said after their intervention that they had a recording. However, the head of the press department at the cabinet office, Braňo Ondruš, expressed doubts about its existence.
The Slovak Interior Ministry concluded its investigation into the incident during the November soccer match in Dunajská Streda in late January. Its conclusion was that the match organizer failed to sufficiently fulfil its duties, which necessitated the police intervention.
The police detained dozens of people during the soccer match, including 16 citizens of Hungary. The police intervention was sharply criticized by Hungarian officials. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico refused the request of his Hungarian counterpart Ferenc Gyurcsány for an explanation as to whether the police intervention was justified. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Feb 2009 at 10:00