We have a court verdict on the table that we have to take note of. Despite this, many do think it was S. Mizík.
Bratislava, July 14 (TASR) – MP Stanislav Mizik (far-right LSNS) should have distanced himself from an offending social network status that was ascribed to him much more resolutely and asked the police to investigate how the status got onto a social network, publicist Juraj Hrabko has stated in an interview for Tablet.tv, adding that Mizik’s claim that he didn’t write the status would have been much more believable in such a case.
A senate of the Supreme Court on July 9 acquitted Mizik of extremist crimes.
“I don’t know any other decision like this; it’s probably a precedent. There’s a need to take note of it. This is what the rule of law looks like in Slovakia. I don’t understand this verdict,” stated Hrabko. “It wasn’t very believable that it actually wasn’t him. We have a court verdict on the table that we have to take note of. Despite this, many of us do think it was the MP,” said Hrabko.
On the other hand, the options for creating a fake status, sound recording or even a video have increased along with technical developments. “The state can only react to this with legislative measures that must be in accord with the Constitution and with international conventions,” said Hrabko.
Hrabko also spoke about a two-day informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers from Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) countries held in Strbske Pleso (Presov region). Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak (a Smer-SD nominee), who’s also the OSCE chairperson-in-Office, noted that it was the biggest ever event to take place in the High Tatra mountains.
“I think it’s a success that Slovakia managed to organise it, albeit under the OSCE. Slovakia has been presiding over the OSCE, and it’s a success to attract 300 guests here,” stated Hrabko.
Hrabko also commented on a faux pas in which trade union representatives missed the second round of tripartite talks on the minimum wage, as they were holding talks with the governing Smer-SD party at that time. “Even if it’s called Smer-SD, a political party shouldn’t be a partner for trade unions when they are supposed to be sitting at a tripartite negotiating table and holding talks on the minimum wage,” stated Hrabko.
According to Hrabko, an agreement between extra-parliamentary parties Progressive Slovakia, Together and the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) on not attacking each other and examining where their programme priorities overlap didn’t produce any positive response from opposition parties that haven’t been invited to the negotiating table. Despite this, Hrabko views the agreement as important from the political viewpoint.
“Naturally, an agreement on not attacking each other only points to how rough politics has become over the past couple of years. If they agree that KDH won’t attack Progressive Slovakia and Together won’t attack KDH, what’s that about? It should be obvious to everyone. However, that’s the way that politics is done today, and the one who shouts the loudest becomes the winner,” said Hrabko.
“Anyway, the political dimension of the agreement is significant, as it’s evidently making Smer-SD and [its chairman] Robert Fico nervous. This is visible when he talks about election stalemate and questions whether they will be able to come to an agreement,” stated Hrabko.