PRIME MINISTER and presidential candidate Robert Fico continues to insist that his main opponent, philanthropist and businessman Andrej Kiska, has ties to Scientology.
“Mr Kiska can submit a criminal complaint, I will not have a problem refuting it,” Fico told the press on March 18, as quoted by the TASR newswire. He added that Kiska lied to Slovakia in a live broadcast, and that “he knows people from this sect, meets with them and collaborates with them”.
Meanwhile, Kiska submitted a criminal complaint on March 18 over libel and false witness, especially regarding statements Fico made in the debates before the first round of the elections, the SITA newswire wrote.
Fico told the press that the church of Scientology is not registered in Slovakia. According to him, the church has ambitions to attain power, and that abroad it “is often considered a security risk, and even in Slovakia several firms have already lost their security clearances because of contacts with this sect”.
“When I said that Mr Kiska is close to the sect of Scientologists, I expected some statement; but he refuted everything,” Fico said, as quoted by TASR.
Kiska responded that Fico has based his politics on offending people, and still continues to rely on insults as he is afraid of losing the election, as reported by the Sme.sk website.
He also stressed that the president needs to help resolve disputes between political parties. Kiska added that he believes Fico does not want the elections to be decided over whether or not he was ever in the flat on Vazovova Street, referring to the flat in the infamous Gorilla case where politicians met secretly with prominent businessmen. The flat was mentioned in the Gorilla file, which was leaked to the internet and the media in December 2011, and which allegedly contains transcripts of recordings detailing Penta financial group’s influence on high-level politicians in the years 2005-06.
Kiska denied being a scientologist, and said that “the security risk for our country is its PM”, as reported by Sme.sk
Fico however says there is evidence that Kiska put out a book through a publisher owned by Ladislav Pavlík, who also owns a management school named after L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the scientologist church in the US. Pavlík also wrote a prologue to the book, according to Fico. Moreover, Kiska allegedly attended several events organised by Pavlík, as reported by TASR.
Fico did not answer questions about whether or not he thinks Kiska is a scientologist. Neither did he answer a question on whether it is a risk for the state when its prime minister visits a conspirators’ flat [referring, again, to the flat in the Gorilla case – ed. note], Sme.sk wrote.
Fico only stressed that his Smer party has nothing to do with the controversial anti-Kiska campaign pamphlets that appeared shortly before the first round of the presidential election.
Source: TASR, SITA, Sme.sk
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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18. Mar 2014 at 14:00