Updated 12:45 13. 5. 2022, 10:51 Robert Kaliňák is at large. The decision was made by the Senate of the Supreme Court, which did not find grounds for collusive detention for the ex-minister. However, he considers the prosecution to be justified on all points. After his release, the ex-minister confronted the journalists and declared that the whole situation was absurd. “The court decides on guilt and innocence. These courts did not rule on the merits of the prosecution. You have a fight going on here. This is a Stalinist exercise of law. When someone begins to reach out to political opponents, they go into non-democracy. Public defense is forbidden and this is contrary to European values, “Kaliňák said of his accusation. Kaliňák’s lawyer: We also convinced deputies. The Supreme Court also dealt with complaints about the bias of members of the senate. The court found that neither the Senate nor Judge Juraj Kliment was interested. Kaliňák did not want to comment further on the acts of which he is accused. He said that the behavior of ZVJS members was professional. He read and studied a lot during the day. “I thought that the feeling that you were there unjustly and that the whole thing was made up would kill you more and destroy you, but vice versa. It gave me the strength to handle the whole situation, “the ex-minister described his days in custody. He said he would continue to hold press conferences to point out the mistakes of coalition politicians or investigators. The prosecutor asked Kaliňák for collusive detention also for his public statements, which, according to the prosecutor, could have influenced witnesses. His attorney, David Lindtner, said it was absurd that the prosecutor relied on collusive detention on press releases and statements a year ago. According to him, the press discussions concerned another case for which Kaliňák is being prosecuted. Therefore, according to Lindtner, the reasons for collusive detention are not logical. Asked if there might have been a criminal group he didn’t know about the police under his ministry, he said it was all nonsense. At the arrest, he wanted to let the coalition and investigators know that he would not be broken. Investigators allegedly did not force him to confess. “They know they would not succeed,” Kaliňák added. Lawyer Lindtner added that he had also sent legal arguments to members of the parliamentary committee, which last week decided whether to extradite MP Robert Fico to decide on the prosecution. “We are convinced that our legal arguments that we put forward in the parliamentary committee seem to have convinced the committee and may have sounded in the debate, and the Members have decided as they have decided. This lawful and fair decision today is as legal and fair as the decision that the prosecution of Robert Fico for carrying out his political activity is impossible in a state governed by the rule of law, “Lindtner added. Kaliňák and Fico are being prosecuted at large A specialized criminal court sent Kaliňák into custody on April 23 on charges of founding, conspiring and supporting a criminal group, misconduct, and repeated crime of endangering trade, banking, postal, telecommunications and tax secrets. The ŠTS judge justified the collusive detention by saying that Kaliňák and Fico send links via social networks and press releases to cooperating defendants and other witnesses who will still testify. Fico and Kaliňák often say that Ľudovít Makó or Bernard Slobodník are informers. According to the judge who originally sent Kaliňák into custody, these words may discourage other witnesses from telling the truth. Along with Kaliňák, Fico is also being prosecuted in the same case. The consent of the National Council is required for the court to be able to decide on his detention. However, the deputies held Fico. Both are now being prosecuted at large.
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