The presidential race between Prime Minister Robert Fico and his only rival in the second and final round, Andrej Kiska, just keeps getting dirtier. In addition to the attacks on Kiska’s businesses, PM Fico is now being accused of abusing the police force (via interior minister Robert Kalinak) to get information aimed at discrediting Kiska, and now also of trying to bribe former employees of Kiska for any dirt they can stick on him.
In a press briefing today, Kiska announced how his former employees had been offered between EUR 3,000-10,000 for any info that would help the campaign of Fico by discrediting Kiska. Kiska also announced how there had been four cases that he knew of where EUR 10,000 had been offered to people abroad to give false testimonies against him.
Kiska claimed that the next smear cases will point to his first marriage and also tax issues, while underlining again how the police force had urgently tried to gather information from every district police station in the country about cases of suicides after borrowing money from companies like the ones run by Kiska. Interior minister Robert Kalinak put it down to standard procedure, despite the demand that everything be compiled immediately within a few hours.
In his own press conference, Robert Fico proclaimed that Kiska was “running for president, so what does he expect”, on the subject of attacks on him, while denying his Smer-SD party had tried to bribe anyone as claimed by Kiska.
Talking about the tactics employed by Robert Fico, Kiska said “as you can see from what is happening and from my information it is clear that in an effort to discredit me, there is a machinery at work, the size and possibilities of which are enormous”. He added how this was completely unacceptable and just proved that Slovakia and its so-called politics was in a much worse condition than imagined and how abuse of power has now taken on an excessively dangerous dimension.