Insulting statements made by Slovak National Party (SNS) chairman Ján Slota about independent MP František Mikloško will probably remain unpunished after most members failed to attend a session of parliament’s Mandate and Immunity Committee on June 1.
The committee session was supposed to decide whether Slota should apologise to Mikloško and possibly pay a fine of €166, but only five out of the 16 committee members came to the session, the TASR newswire wrote. These were committee chair Renáta Zmajkovičová (Smer), ethnic-Hungarian SMK MPs Gyula Bárdos and Klára Sárközy, Katarina Cibulková (Slovak Democratic and Christian Union, SDKÚ) and Christian Democrat (KDH) Martin Fronc.
Zmajkovičová conceded that she won't summon another session in this electoral term, as the general election is fast approaching. This is how the whole matter will probably end, as old cases are not carried over to the next term. Slota sent the committee a letter with an explanation which should have been discussed on Tuesday. Fronc said that he didn't view it as an apology. The disciplinary proceedings against Slota were initiated in April, when Slota in a heated parliamentary discussion called Mikloško "a son of the devil" and also described him as "mentally retarded".
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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2. Jun 2010 at 14:00