“It simply came to our notice then. What has been happening in Slovakia in recent months is a very important cleansing and correction in the right direction. I am not just talking about dozens of defendants, but also that more than 20 people have already admitted to committing corruption in the past. It is a necessary process that must continue, “the president said.
He will deal with a possible proposal to remove Kazimierz from office when he is on the table. “Legal reasons must be met, it is, of course, at the suggestion of the government and after approval by the parliament, I am only at the end of the chain,” Čaputová remarked.
Minister of Finance and OĽaNO leader Igor Matovič said that if the accusations against Kažimír were true, he should not remain in office. “It is a serious accusation, if it were true, of course, he should not remain in office,” Matovič told reporters.
He added that Kazimir is “irrevocable” in his position. “It must be about his free choice in this situation, because you have no way to solve it, given that he has immunity as the governor of the national bank,” he added.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Investment, Regional Development and Informatization Veronika Remišová (For the People) thinks that Peter Kažimír should take an example from the Austrian office of Sebastian Kurz and resign.
“I think Mr. Kazimir should resign himself. We have seen it with all officials, nominees of Smer, whether it was a special prosecutor, the head of the financial administration and other officials, “the minister remarked, adding that it is inappropriate for someone to be accused at the head of an institution.
“You can’t have an NBS governor suspected of carrying bribes,” she added. She urged him to resign, at least until the whole case was investigated and the court ruled on guilt or innocence.
When asked whether Remišová will initiate the dismissal of Kažimír if she does not resign, the minister replied that dismissing the governor of the National Bank is extremely difficult, if not impossible, under current legislation. “Therefore, I call on Mr. Kažimír to take the example of the Austrian office of Kurz, who simply resigned from his position on suspicion.
The SaS party called on Petr Kažimír to take personal responsibility and resign. “It is not a question of Peter Kažimír still not explaining the origin of his property, but of bringing an accusation against him, which ultimately means damaging the reputation of the whole of Slovakia,” SaS stated.
She pointed out that the Governor of the NBS is also a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, and thus represents the country. “Therefore, such an accusation can in no way inspire confidence in our partners,” the party added.
In connection with the accusation of the Governor of the National Bank of Slovakia, the Minister of Justice Mária Kolíková noted that the credibility of the institution must be maintained. “We need to consider what needs to be done to maintain the credibility of the institution. Every representative of the institution knows what needs to be done, “she said at Wednesday’s press conference.
According to the chairman of the opposition Smer, Robert Fico, Kažimír would be crazy if he resigned from the position of governor of the National Bank of Slovakia. According to him, Kažimír’s accusation is a fictional story. Fico further emphasized that Smer had denied the allegation for the evidentiary situation. In this context, he asks why the testimony of one informant who is accused or in custody is enough to charge other people.
“Peter Kažimír is the last person to whom I should say a few positive words. He stood behind the betrayal in the Direction more than anyone else. He is a politician who just took office in the party and then betrayed and fled. However, I have to stand up for him in this matter, because I know him, and the accusation against him is stupid, “Fico said, adding that criminal cases arising from the Office of the Special Prosecutor’s Office are ridiculous and charm-free.
Former Prime Minister and leader of the non-parliamentary Voice Peter Pellegrini claims that the presumption of innocence also applies to the accusation of Petr Kažimír, and that the accusation does not prevent him from performing his duties. According to him, it is necessary to wait whether it turns out to be a real and not a fabricated accusation.
“Kazimir is accused, but the presumption of innocence applies. I do not think that this prevents him from continuing to hold the position of NBS Governor until a final decision is made. I trust him, as well as his statements that nothing like this happened, “Pellegrini stated, adding that his accusation is based only on the statement of one person. He noted that in the current situation in the police and suspicions of manipulating the investigation, he would remain in office at Kažimír’s place.
From an international perspective, Pellegrini said that Kazimir was in regular contact with the head of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagard. According to him, she certainly knows about the current case. “It is up to the two of them to agree not to discredit the ECB,” he said.
However, if we want to compare ourselves with advanced democracies, according to Pellegrini, it should be recalled, for example, that even after plagiarism cases, the current representatives of the government remained in office. He talks about lowering the political level. According to him, the top government should have set an example.
Kazimir faces charges of bribery. He announced that he would file a complaint against him. The former finance minister claims that he “does not feel guilty of any crime” and at the same time, according to him, the factual situation in the resolution is untrue and the substantive evidence itself is lacking.