According to Robert Fico, the previous prime minister and leader of the Smer political party, the chairman of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), Mikuláš Dzurinda, was the political fixer for a deal concerning the supply of incinerators for municipal waste in Bratislava in the late 1990s, the TASR newswire reported. Fico made the claim based on recordings that were reportedly delivered to Smer headquarters on November 6.
Fico put three recordings on playback at a news conference on that day. He says that the voices in the conversations on the recordings belong to then-Bratislava mayor Peter Kresánek (SDK party), then-prime minister Dzurinda, and businessman Vladimir Miškovský. Fico said that Miškovský was at that time involved in various business projects in Bratislava.
In explaining what he called the deal and the voices on the recording, Fico said that Miškovský, in 1998 and 1999, was organising via Siemens a major deal involving the incinerators. "He needs to have it okayed by mayor Kresánek. At this point, it's SDK MP Roman Vavrík who enters the scene. Miškovský is heard complaining to Dzurinda about Vavrík asking for a bribe for the deal. The whole thing becomes politically fixed by Dzurinda, who assures him (Miškovský) that he's going to take care of it," said Fico, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
The SDKÚ is preparing a lawsuit against Fico regarding his statements about covering-up corruption in the past, TV news channel TA3 stated on November 8, adding that people involved in the case have kept silent. In the past, the police did not investigate whether Dzurinda could have covered up corruption at the Bratislava City Council but only whether a personal privacy right could have been violated by the publication of those telephone calls, the Bratislava Regional Police spokesperson, František Peczár, told the ČTK newswire.
The Sme daily wrote on November 8 that the parliamentary Anti-Corruption Committee should deal with the case. The conversations took place in 1998 but they were leaked in the media only in April 1999 when Dzurinda was already the Prime Minister. Fico said he would not be taking the recordings to the police, adding that it is enough to have it published – an initiative for which that he said he bears full responsibility.
Source: TASR, ČTK, Sme
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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9. Nov 2010 at 14:00