President: Police and Prosecutors Have My Confidence, But Not Infinite

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President Zuzana Caputova (stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, October 18 (TASR) – Both the police and the prosecutor’s office are aware of the seriousness of the situation when it comes to investigating current cases, Slovak President Zuzana Caputova told a briefing on Friday, adding that Interior Minister Denisa Sakova (Smer-SD), Police Corps President Milan Lucansky and Deputy Prosecutor-General Viera Kovacikova have her confidence.


Following a meeting with the three officials, the head of state said that the police and the prosecutor’s office still deserve trust.

Caputova asked the public not to condemn all judges, prosecutors and police officers because of those who have been “led astray”. At the same time, however, she pointed out that neither her trust nor her patience is infinite and that she expects results. “The moment I find out I was wrong, I’ll say so openly,” she stated.

The head of state asked both the police president and the deputy prosecutor-general to provide more information. “So that we don’t all have to live with the feeling that media pressure is needed for the prosecutor’s office to take every step,” she added. Representatives of the authorities in question are said to have agreed to her proposal.

The president noted that it’s impossible not to see a connection between the cases covered in the media and the murders of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova. “These are the cases that Jan Kuciak dealt with. And he dealt with them while noting that some leading members of the judiciary had collaborated in crime, covered it up, and apparently earned from injustice. Not only the one who ordered the murder and those who committed it are responsible for the deaths of the two young people. All those who have allowed and tolerated this situation, who have turned their mission in the judiciary against its meaning are morally responsible,” said Caputova.