"They never were interested in justice, and still aren't today. What else can you expect from communists? As long as these Mečiar amnesties remain valid, it will give all these Pontius Pilates in our courts an excuse to wash their hands and not convict criminals."
Vladimír Palko, a member of the ruling coalition Christian Democrats party (KDH), expressing disappointment at the decision of a Bratislava court to stop the prosecution of former spy boss Ivan Lexa over the kidnapping of the former president's son. Palko, whose party has twice introduced motions to parliament to have blocking amnesties in the case overturned, has consistently been foiled by his coalition partners in the reformed communist Democratic Left Party (SDĽ).
6. Jul 2001 at 0:00