Former MP Frantisek Gaulieder Killed by Train

Frantisek Gaulieder as an MP in the mid-1990s. (Photo: TASR Archive)

Bratislava, March 25 (TASR) – Former MP Frantisek Gaulieder, 66, whose whereabouts had been unknown by his family for some time, was killed by a train near the village of Trnovec nad Vahom (Nitra region) in the small hours of Saturday, JOJ TV’s news website reported on the same day.

The police during the night at first found Gaulieder’s car, containing his identification documents, parked between Trnovec nad Vahom and the district town of Sala (also Nitra region). Later on, at around 1.50 a.m., a train passing through the area struck and killed a certain man, who was later identified as Gaulieder.

The police announced that they’re investigating the incident.

Elected on a joint slate of Vladimir Meciar’s HZDS and Slovakia’s Farmers Party (RSS) in 1994, Gaulieder eventually became a critic of Meciar’s reign in 1996 and decided to leave the party in order to continue in Parliament as an independent MP. Nevertheless, he was stripped of his mandate within a few weeks by the Meciar-dominated House in a move that was later described by the European Court of Human Rights as a violation of his rights. The state subsequently paid him €30,000 as indemnity.