Former PM: System of informers operating in Slovakia to eliminate opposition

According to daily Dennik N, the reason for the meeting was the alleged manipulation of the investigation of publicly known corruption cases, which are being investigated by the interior ministry since March. [EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK]

The current governing coalition has created a system of informers to liquidate the opposition, former Prime Minister Robert Fico said at a press conference on Sunday, after revealing that this was the main topic of the secret meeting with top constitutional officials at the headquarters of the Slovak Secret Service (SIS) last week.

The meeting was allegedly attended by 10 people including president Zuzana Caputova, two ministers, the police corps president, the general prosecutor and the head of the Slovak Information Service, SIS.

Slovakia’s Prime Minister Eduard Heger said the meeting was held on his own initiative to get acquainted with “details of certain intelligence”. The other participants have not revealed the content of the meeting.

According to daily Dennik N, the reason for the meeting was the alleged manipulation of the investigation of publicly known corruption cases, which are being investigated by the interior ministry since March.

Since last year’s parliamentary elections, several entrepreneurs with links to SMER-SD and high-profile state representatives, including the ex-police chief, former state secretary and former special procurators have been arrested and are facing charges.

Several of them were nominees of the SMER-SD, which was in power for 12 years until 2020. Party leader Robert Fico routinely refers to his party’s high-profile nominees currently facing criminal charges in custody as “political prisoners”.

After their arrest, some of them began cooperating with investigators, which Fico has branded “informers” who “make up stories” to escape prison time. “Behind all this is a system to liquidate the opposition,” said Fico, adding that he intends to call a meeting of EU ambassadors.

Heger immediately rejected Fico’s accusations. “Prime Minister Eduard Heger condemns this intimidation of police officers, prosecutors and judges and calls on the leaders of these parties to stop these activities.” the government’s office has said.  (Marián Koreň | EURACTIV.sk)

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