Gal Believes in Objective Investigation into Vietnamese National’s Abduction

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Justice Minister Gabor Gal (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, August 8 (TASR) – Following his meeting with President Andrej Kiska on Wednesday, Justice Minister Gabor Gal (Most-Hid) said he believes in an objective investigation into the circumstances surrounding the kidnapping of former Vietnamese state manager Trinh Xuan Thanh.

Gal views the question of whether Interior Minister Denisa Sakova (Smer-SD) should leave her post as only hypothetical for now, as no evidence that she’s done anything against the investigation is available to him.

Gal wants the responsible persons to bear the consequences for what happened; however, the case needs to be investigated first. “It’s very bad, it would be a big shame on us. First of all we must know how it happened and who bears the responsibility for it, either out of negligence, or wilfulness,” said Gal.

Concerning Most-Hid potentially quitting the governing coalition, Gal said that “anything is in play, but first we must have objective information”. He stressed the need to differentiate between Slovakia being involved in the abduction out of negligence and if somebody was actively engaged in it. He personally will believe the version of the case that is included in the investigation file.

Slovak President Andrej Kiska stated on Monday (August 6) that Sakova has lost his confidence, as she appears to be an obstacle in investigating Slovakia’s possible involvement in the abduction. In reaction, Sakova said she sees no reason to resign, as she’s taken all the steps necessary for a proper investigation. Moreover, she took Bureau for the Protection of Constitutional Officials (UOUC) director Peter Krajcirovic off duty until the issue is investigated, as required by Most-Hid.