Slovak Supreme Prosecutor’s Office ends criminal prosecution of ex-Prime Minister Fico

Citing numerous violations of the criminal code and fundamental legal shortcomings, the Slovak Supreme Prosecutor’s Office has dropped a criminal prosecution against former Prime Minister Robert Fico and three of his associates that began this spring in connection with allegedly establishing a criminal network and other charges. This was reported on November 29 by the Slovak news agency TASR, citing a statement by the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office.

Robert Fico and his Minister of the Interior Robert Kalinaformer Chief of the National Police Tibor Gaspar and a fourth person were prosecuted in April of this year by a special unit of the Slovak police – the National Law Enforcement Agency (NAKA) on suspicion of creating a criminal network, abuse of office and violation of tax secrecy.

Fico described the proceedings as “a political revenge aimed at suppressing the opposition” immediately after the opening of the proceedings, indicating that this is the fourth time that the NACA has filed a case against him for “political purposes”.

The reason for the termination of the proceedings in this case are numerous violations of the provisions of the Criminal Code and law, said the Prosecutor General Maros Zilinka on Tuesday.

“Fundamental things, such as the time and place of the crimes, were missing from the charges,” said Josef Kandera, the prosecutor in charge of the case.

Robert Fico, responding to the decision of the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office, said that he respects him. In his reaction, former Interior Minister Robert Kalina reiterated that he believed the procedure was carried out on a political order, and then stated that the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office “could not have decided otherwise”, since the procedure was destined to end from the very beginning.

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