Fico: People Worked on Galanta Case All Weekend, Opposition Panicking

Prime Minister Robert Fico (stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, September 12 (TASR) – In contrast to the Opposition,
who as usual indulged in empty talk and panicked, everyone has been working all weekend long, stated Prime Minister Robert Fico on Monday with regards to the case of alleged abuse of under-age girls at the Clean Day resocialisation centre in Galanta (Trnava region).

“Try to name any case, whether it was a tragedy or anything else, when this Government has remained idle. All weekend I’ve been communicating with Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Minister Jan Richter (Smer-SD). I’ve talked to him this morning as well,” said Fico.

“It’s necessary to verify whether this private facility meets all the conditions for the so-called accreditation. Minister Richter assured me that if any errors are found, the accreditation will be withdrawn,” added the prime minister.

According to him, due to objective reasons, many people weren’t where they should be during the weekend. “I’m talking mainly about the facility itself, as people were on a trip,” he said.

Fico also calls for maximum collaboration with law enforcement authorities in order to investigate whether any crimes took place in Galanta or not.

“Important meetings have taken place at the Labour Ministry this morning and I’m also expecting statements from law enforcement authorities later today,” said Fico, adding that he considers the action taken by the authorities concerned to be absolutely standard.

Opposition MP Natalia Blahova (Freedom and Solidarity/SaS) on Friday (September 9) levelled the allegations involving the sexual abuse of under-age girls at the resocialisation centre in Galanta. The Labour, Social Affairs and Family Centre has described Blahova’s assertions as misleading and as a misinterpretation of the facts. The resocialisation centre has rejected the accusations.

Opposition parties OLaNO-NOVA and Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) on Sunday (September 11) criticised the police intervention in the Galanta resocialisation centre during the weekend. According to OLaNO-NOVA MP Daniel Lipsic, two plainclothes policemen only knocked on the door of the centre in Galanta and when nobody opened the door, they simply walked away without taking any further action.