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Bugár: Interior minister should step down, but it's up to Smer

Coalition partner Most-Híd calls for a broader investigation team. Police abandon the drug dealer trace as irrelevant and continue investigating the Italians and a new trace, one involving the Supreme Court.

Béla Bugár(Source: TASR)

In order for the investigation to be trustworthy, the investigation team should be expanded, said coalition party Most-Híd leader, Béla Bugár, at his press briefing on the evening of March 1, following the hours-long talks of the leadership of his party.

Most-Híd is considered to be the party that could put pressure on the ruling Smer to initiate political consequences going beyond the resignation of the culture minister and the bureaucrats from the Government Office, Mária Trošková and Viliam Jasaň. The public are especially waiting for a statement from the justice minister, Lucia Žitňanská, but she has not indicated in any way that she is considering resignation.

Bugár told journalists that his party perceives the tension in society but called on everyone not to escalate it. The party believes Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák should step down, but, as Bugár repeatedly stressed, "it is up to Smer to act".

Bugár does not believe the government should end over the scandal surrounding the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his partner Martina Kušnírová.

Meanwhile, blogger Radovan Bránik suggested, in an interview for the Czech website Aktualne.cz, that the murder might not be connected to the Italian mafia, but rather to corruption in one of the key courts in the country.

Police Corps President Tibor Gašpar said, during a press conference in Košice, that the police are proceeding with this new line of investigation that he said regards the Supreme Court, following a criminal complaint that has been filed in the matter. The allegations are about the possible manipulation of assigned files at the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court President Daniela Švecová denied the allegations of manipulation of files and stressed that they are randomly assigned to judges through an electronic filing room and cannot be tampered with, the Sme daily reported.

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