‘For a Decent Slovakia’ Organisers Questioned over Alleged Coup Attempt

Activists from the For a Decent Slovakia initiative Karolina Farska and Juraj Seliga (stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, November 13 (TASR) – The National Crime Agency (NAKA) is investigating an anonymous criminal complaint concerning potential corruption activities lodged against the organisers of the For a Decent Slovakia protests, namely allegations that they attempted to orchestrate a state coup in the services of financier George Soros, TASR learnt on Tuesday.

The investigator summoned individuals who, according to the criminal complaint, could “have been taken advantage of or aggrieved”. “He allowed them to familiarise themselves with the complaint and asked them to provide additional information, namely access to bank account readouts with an eye towards verifying the veracity of the criminal complaint,” stated the Police Corps Presidium, while refusing to provide further details due to the ongoing investigation.

Police Corps President Milan Lucansky claimed that he’s not familiar with the investigation. “It’s not feasible for me to be aware of every criminal complaint, and I don’t know anything about this one. However, the police are obliged to look into every criminal complaint, and within the scope of my legal powers I’ll ask for further information. I can’t interfere in the approach of the investigator, however, as they’re independent in terms of procedures,” he said.

In recent days NAKA has summoned a number of For a Decent Slovakia organisers for interrogation, with another group scheduled to be questioned on Thursday (November 15). According to Dennik N, the complaint alleges that they were orchestrating a state coup and are financed by American investor with Hungarian roots George Soros.

This allegation has also been voiced by ex-premier and Smer-SD chair Robert Fico, who resigned in early 2018 after the murders of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee and in the face of protests. “We know today that the organisers of protests following the murder of Jan Kuciak were affiliated with organisations financed by George Soros. We know only too well who met whom and who played what role at the time. Everything will come out when it becomes clear who ordered the murder,” Fico told Czech weekly Echo in October.

On Tuesday, Smer-SD took objection to what it sees as the misinterpretation of Fico’s statements in the media. “State bodies haven’t taken any active steps against them [the organisers]. We learnt about the current interrogations of the organisers only from media reports today,” said Smer-SD spokesman Jan Mazgut. Fico still stands behind his claim concerning the background financing of For a Decent Slovakia.