Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Robert Fico - Slovakia ex-prime minister avoids jail, for now

Former Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico will not be going to jail after parliament narrowly failed to approve a motion to suspend his immunity from prosecution while he is being investigated on organized crime charges. 74 MPs voted in favor of letting a court decide whether Fico should be taken into pre-trial custody, leaving the motion to suspend his immunity two votes short of passing. “Some may have [voted] out of naivete, some from idiocy, some for money, and some just wanted to buy insurance in case they ever faced justice themselves.”

Slovakia PM Robert Fico turned the country into his own personal fiefdom which he ran for ten of the 12 years from 2006-18.
Huge street protests triggered by the murder of an investigative journalist forced Fico's resignation. Last week the exclamation point: investigators in Bratislava fingered him as a mob boss who formed and ran an organized crime group during his time in office.
Fico resigned after the 2018 slayings of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee, Martina Kusnirova. Kuciak had been investigating government corruption and ties to ‘Ndrangheta when he was killed.
Slovak Marian Kocner was busted for ordering the murders. He had close ties to Fico.