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After heated debate, Parliament ruled in the Robert Fico case

Parliament took a decision on the motion after a very intense and emotional debate that lasted for nearly a week. All 150 members were present and the motion was rejected by 74 to 49 with 19 abstentions, as relevant Slovak legislation requires the consent of a majority of all members to waive parliamentary immunity.

The result of the vote may come as a surprise to some, given that the parties of the ruling coalition in Slovakia, whose members approved the proposal at a meeting of the mandate committee, have a majority in parliament to pass constitutional laws. Had Parliament agreed to lift Fico’s parliamentary immunity, it would have been up to the appropriate court to decide whether to hold him in reserve.

Former Slovak Prime Minister and Interior Minister Robert Fico was tried in April by a special unit of the Slovak Police on suspicion of creating a criminal association for the National Law Enforcement Agency (NAKA), abuse of its power and breach of tax secrecy. Based on this measure, the Slovak Prosecutor’s Office requested that the politician’s immunity be lifted.

Robert Fico dismissed the accusations immediately after the trial began, saying they were politically motivated retaliation aimed at making the leader of the most powerful opposition party impossible. He noted that the current case is already the fourth that NAKA has initiated proceedings against him “with political motives”. Robert Fico said he was prosecuted during his prime minister for “speaking out” about the tax fraud of the most powerful party in power today, Igor Matovich, President of the Simple People and Independent Persons (OLaNO), and former head of state Andrei Kiska. . Incidentally, Kiska was indicted by the Slovak Prosecutor’s Office in a tax fraud case a few weeks ago.

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Opening photo: MTI/EPA/Stephanie Lecocq