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Rudolf Pučík: Police officer's complaint about Ján Slota is part of ‘witch-hunt’

The Interior Ministry should have waited for relevant evidence that governing-coalition Slovak National Party (SNS) party chairman Ján Slota did indeed insult and call a female police officer by vulgar names in late April, SNS vice-chairman and MP Rudolf Pučík said on May 19 in response to reports in the Sme daily on the same day.

The Interior Ministry should have waited for relevant evidence that governing-coalition Slovak National Party (SNS) party chairman Ján Slota did indeed insult and call a female police officer by vulgar names in late April, SNS vice-chairman and MP Rudolf Pučík said on May 19 in response to reports in the Sme daily on the same day.

Based on information provided to the daily by Ľudmila Nováková, the police officer concerned, Sme reported that Slota’s driver attempted to enter the garage of the parliament building on April 28 shortly before 20:00, but failed to present proper proof of his identity. Nováková refused to let him in, which allegedly resulted in Slota coming down to the garage and swearing at the police officer.

According to Pučík, who is also the head of the parliamentary defence and security committee, “the witch-hunt and pursuit of Ján Slota continues. The reward is probably very compelling, yielding its first victims in 2008. More and more actors are appearing on stage, but opportunities are provided to artists who lack talent and don’t cherish the truth”.

“We’re waiting for a recording with sound from the camera system. If it’s submitted, I’ll be glad to comment on the issue on other terms,” Pučík told the TASR newswire. Interior Ministry spokesman Erik Tomáš said earlier in the day that the ministry is dealing with the affair, which he called lamentable “all the more because it was a woman who was involved.” Pučík said the ministry issued its statement too early and should have waited for evidence proving what the police officer has asserted.

Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška is sorry at a human level if a purported incident between Slovak National Party (SNS) party chairman Ján Slota and a female police officer really did take place as described by the Sme daily, Paška's spokesman Jozef Plško told TASR on Tuesday. “The behaviour described is personally unacceptable for him [Paška],” said Plško. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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