Prime Minister Robert Fico, as well as all Smer MPs, did not attend the special session of the parliamentary committee for defence and security, at which he was to inform about the current state at the Office of the General Prosecutor. The opposition members of the committee, who initiated the meeting, called it a sign of cowardice, the SITA newswire reported on May 13.
The current situation at the Office of the General Prosecutor was one of the reasons that prompted parliament to pass an amendment to the law on the operation of the Constitutional Court in a fast-tracked proceeding on April 30. The amendment, in effect, allows judges to rule on the complaint filed by Jozef Čentéš against the refusal of President Ivan Gašparovič to appoint him to the post of new general prosecutor, even if they were previously excluded from doing so.
“People deserve to know the truth,” said Richard Vašečka, MP for the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), as quoted by SITA. “Therefore we invited the prime minister to explain to us these things since he had some secret he had not wanted to reveal.”
Independent MP Daniel Lipšic called Smer MPs’ moves “a sign of cowardice”.
“PM Fico and his personal nominations are also responsible for the current state of the Slovak judiciary,” Lipšic told SITA, specifying Dobroslav Trnka, Ivetta Macejková and Štefan Harabin as people whom Fico nominated to their current posts.
Lipšic doubts that the MPs will be punished for their absence at the meeting since the one who is deciding over the sanction is another Smer MP, Pavol Paška.
SITA attempted to learn about whether or not Fico had attended the meeting on May 10. The press department of the Government Office responded that it had not received an invitation to the session of the committee for defence and security.
For more information about this story please see: Smer passed Constitutional Court law in fast-tracked proceeding
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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13. May 2013 at 15:00