UPDATED: 19. AUG 2019, AT 16:02

Fico sees Threema leaks as an organised attack on the coalition

The Smer chair says investigators and prosecutors involved in the investigation of the murders are following the wishes of the media.

Smer chair Robert FicoSmer chair Robert Fico (Source: SME)

Interior Minister Denisa Saková (Smer), General Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár, Police Corps President Milan Lučanský and even PM Peter Pellegrini (Smer) are seemingly uninterested in the recent call of Smer chair Robert Fico, who wants them to maintain order at their departments in connection with the scandals of Marian Kočner.

All of them have confirmed, either directly or indirectly, that they do not plan to interfere in the investigation, the Denník N daily reported.

Call unheard

“I address Interior Minister Denisa Saková and call her to political responsibility as a chair of the party that nominated her to the post. I address PM Peter Pellegrini, who is my subordinate in the party and who was nominated by me for the post of prime minister. I address General Prosecutor Čižnár and Police Corps President Milan Lučanský to maintain order with the law enforcement bodies,” Fico said on August 15.

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Fico believes that the investigators and prosecutors involved in the investigation of the murders of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová are following the wishes of the media, the Sme daily reported.

Responding to the call to retain order, Pellegrini said that we should wait for the results of an investigation.

“I won’t comment on partial and unverified information that leaks from the investigation files through the media,” Pellegrini said, as quoted by Denník N. “Let’s make law enforcement bodies do their job. All brave police officers, prosecutors and judges have my full support and the support of the Slovak government.”

Saková said that the law enforcement bodies are doing their job properly, and that no pressure is good for the entire process, as reported by Sme.

Lučanský stressed that he has no information about any political pressures on police officers. Čižnár responded through his spokesperson that he considers such calls an effort to influence the law enforcement bodies, Denník N reported.

An attack against coalition?

Fico held another press conference on August 16, labelling the publishing of the text messages exchanged between Kočner and Alena Zsuzsová via the Threema app an organised attack on the ruling coalition.

He accused the opposition parties and software company Eset of the attack, the TASR newswire reported.

He continued, “an unverified text message communication of a bragger who boasts in front of some woman cannot decide on the fate of the country”, as reported by TASR.

He also cast doubt on the work of police that wrote in their report that both Kočner and controversial businessman Norbert Bödör are doing work in Smer’s favour. In Fico’s opinion, the police should not make political statements.

The police only summarised communication between Kočner and Bödör, Denník N wrote.

At the same time, he criticised an earlier press conference held by Andrej Kiska of Za Ľudí (For the People), Michal Truban of Progressive Slovakia, Alojz Hlina of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), and Miroslav Beblavý of Spolu (Together) on August 14.

The leaders of four parties described themselves as those who “do not belong to Kočner’s generation of politicians”. In a joint statement from August 16, the four leaders pledged to do everything to break ties between the police, the prosecutor’s office, the judiciary and people linked to organised crime.

If in a coalition formed after the 2020 general election, they promised to make it the highest priority for government to ensure that the law enforcement bodies act freely.

“We guarantee that the police will never act in favour of people suspected of committing serious crimes and abuse their status at the expense of people, journalists and politicians like it is happening now,” the statement reads.

They also called on decent and honest police officers, along with prosecutors and judges who are not afraid of investigating and searching for truth.

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