Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Police will not prosecute Mečiar

The statute of limitations in the case has expired.

Vladimír Mečiar has reason to celebrate. (Source: Sme - Pavol Funtál)

For 19 years, politicians and activists have been trying to abolish the controversial amnesties instated by Vladimír Mečiar. Just a few months after they succeeded, the police have said that they will not prosecute Mečiar in connection to the amnesties, as the statute of limitations has expired.

Mečiar issued the amnesties as acting president in 1998. They relate to the abduction of then-president Michal Kováč’s son and the 1996 murder of Robert Remiáš, who served as a contact for a key witness of the abduction. The amnesties also involve the thwarted referendum of 1997.

Read aslo: Read aslo:Three cases that could be reopened after the "Slovak Watergate"

The police had initiated an investigation into the issuance of the amnesties in mid-July, after the Constitutional Court confirmed at its May 31 private session that it has rescinded the immunity from prosecution for actions linked to the abduction.

"It is obvious that prime minister [Mečiar] was not following the request to be restrained in issuing amnesties during the time when he was acting president, but, contrary, he seriously abused it [power] immediately after he took the post." Constitutional Court judges wrote in the commentary accompanying their decision.

Top stories

Automation is finding its way

Autonomous vehicles and process connections through Logistics 4.0 are the biggest trends in Slovakia.

Online retailer Amazon opened its new returns centre in Sereď in mid-November.

Innovations in logistics help fight competition

Representatives of logistics companies are talking about their latest innovations that should improve their market position.

Logistics companies need more innovate services.

Slovak Christmas - traditional and new Photo

A chain around the table legs and waiting for a golden pig. Some old Christmas traditions survive to this day and others have disappeared.

Culture minister resigns from post as deputy chair of Smer

His replacement is expected to be elected at the December party congress.

Culture Minister Marek Maďarič