Former prime minister Vladimír Mečiar is being prosecuted again for abuse of power in the case of amnesties he granted back in 1998 when serving as acting president.
The amnesties 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 to the abduction. They also involve the thwarted referendum in 1997.
“In the case involving Vladimír Mečiar, the General Prosecutor’s Office did not identify with a Bratislava investigator’s decision from July 24, 2019, with which a criminal prosecution was stopped,” General Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Andrea Predajňová said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
Following the decision from the General Prosecutor’s Office, a regional prosecutor’s office in Bratislava ordered the investigator in December 2019 to start the prosecution of this case again.
The police have not said if Mečiar has been heard since the case was reopened.
The police started investigating Mečiar in the summer of 2017 on suspicion of having committed a crime. A month later, the investigator said the former PM would not be prosecuted as the amnesties were reportedly time-barred.
The investigation reopened in July 2019, but ended after the investigator said the act was not a crime.
30. Jan 2020 at 23:15 | Compiled by Spectator staff