Committee Won’t Look into Fico’s and Pellegrini’s Alleged Wrongdoings

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Parliamentary Chair Peter Pellegrini (in the front) and Prime Minister Robert Fico (stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, February 12 (TASR) – The parliamentary committee on incompatibility of posts won’t carry out further investigations into shortcomings in relation to the law on conflicts of interest allegedly committed by Prime Minister Robert Fico and Parliamentary Chair Peter Pellegrini, TASR learnt on Friday.

Motions against both politicians were submitted by Civic Conservative Party (OKS) leader Ondrej Dostal. The complaint against Fico concerned refunds for gas supplies. Dostal emphasised that, according to a constitutional law, a public official cannot put private interests above public ones. He believes that Fico exploited the refunds worth €48 millions to the benefit of his election campaign. Dostal proposed suspending Fico’s salary for a year if found guilty.

The motion against Pellegrini concerned a flight that he took on a jet aircraft on his birthday. According to Dostal, the video of his flight is a covert commercial for a certain brand of whisky. Dostal also claimed that Pellegrini violated the law on conflicts of interest when he asked for footage from the parliamentary garage in order to confirm whether MP Anton Martvon took photographs of fellow lawmaker Andrej Kolesik’s new car. Pellegrini rejected both of these allegations.