Former PM Fico warns EU officials about end of democracy in Slovakia

Fico said he sent a letter to European prime ministers and presidents in which he calls Slovakia a “stain” on the map of Europe with regards to respecting the rule of law. He also said that this was not the case for Hungary. [European Commission]

Former Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico sent a letter to top EU politicians warning about the end of democracy in Slovakia and called Slovakia a “stain” on the map of Europe.

Fico, his former Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, and several others, were charged last week with establishing and leading a criminal group over three mandates. While Kaliňák has been detained, Fico has immunity as a member of the National Council. Parliament can, however, approve his detention and a vote is expected to take place this week.

Fico said he sent a letter to European prime ministers and presidents in which he calls Slovakia a “stain” on the map of Europe with regards to respecting the rule of law. He also said that this was not the case for Hungary.

“I’m surprised at the response. I’ve had about seven phone calls today,” Fico said without elaborating.

Fico and Kaliňák have been accused of controlling a criminal group through which they tried to destroy political opponents, including former president Andrej Kiska with smear campaigns.

Fico, Kaliňák and other representatives of the Smer party have been subject to dozens of corruption allegations. Besides them, several other high-ranking party representatives, nominees, police officers, and businessmen have been charged, and some have already been convicted.

Fico labels the investigation a “political process with the aim of destroying the opposition”.

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