20. 03. 2017 15:30
The Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovakia also supports the revocation of the controversial Mečiar amnesties. "Law above justice deforms the political and social environment, which could have a negative impact on the further development of democracy in our society," reads the church's statement on its website. In the statement, the church also calls on lawmakers to approve a solution which might give the go-ahead to justice and the investigation into the kidnapping of the son of the former president Michal Kováč, which took place in the 1990s and is one of the subjects of the amnesties. A thwarted referendum as well as the assassination of the former police officer Róbert Remiáš are other cases halted by the amnesties issued by the then Prime Minister and acting president Vladimír Mečiar.
Moreover, as of this Monday, the Via Iuris NGO has collected 75,000 signatures in an online petition supporting the revocation. In February, the Focus research agency conducted a poll indicating that 63% of Slovaks are in favour of revoking the amnesties. Parliament will discuss the topic on Tuesday, March 21st with two different proposals aiming to revoke them: one by the opposition and one by the government. The coalition claims that the opposition's proposal is judicially 'not clean'; however, a group of leading lawyers who also support the revocation believe revoking the amnesties does not require as complicated a solution as that proposed by the government.