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Slovakia’s former prime minister faces criminal charges

Baku, April 21, AZERTAC

A former prime minister of Slovakia, Robert Fico is facing criminal charges along with his ex-interior minister, police said Wednesday, according to AP.

Police didn’t provide any other details. The two men have been charged with creating a criminal group, their lawyer, David Lindtner, said.

Fico denied any wrongdoing.

“It’s a clear political revenge,” Fico said, adding that the case against him and his former interior minister, Robert Kalinak, was designed “to liquidate the political opposition.”

Fico is currently a lawmaker for his leftist opposition Smer-Social Democracy party. Police so far haven’t asked parliament to waive immunity rules and allow his detention.

Kalinak currently works as a lawyer.

Prime Minister Eduard Heger said he hoped the decision to charge Fico and Kalinak was supported by evidence. He said that it was an autonomous decision by law enforcement authorities.

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