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Slovakia's PM Robert Fico moved to home care in Bratislava

Slovakia's prime minister, Robert Fico.
Slovakia's prime minister, Robert Fico. Copyright AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert
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By Abby Chitty with AP
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Fico will recuperate in the capital after being seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in the central town of Handlova earlier this month.


Slovakia’s populist Prime Minister Robert Fico has been airlifted from a Banská Bystrica hospital where he was treated after an assassination attempt in the central town of Handlová.

Fico was transported early on Thursday to his home in Bratislava, where he will receive nursing care, reports say.

The Slovakian PM was shot in the abdomen at close range as he greeted supporters in Handlová earlier this month.

Robert Fico greets people before the cabinet's away-from-home session in the town of Handlova.
Robert Fico greets people before the cabinet's away-from-home session in the town of Handlova.Radovan Stoklasa/AP

Videos showed him approach people gathered at barricades and reach out to shake hands as a man stepped forward, extended his arm and fired five rounds before being tackled and arrested.

Fico immediately underwent a five-hour surgery to treat multiple wounds he suffered in the shooting, followed by another two-hour surgery two days later to remove dead tissue from his gunshot wounds.

The country’s Specialised Criminal Court in the town of Pezinok ordered the suspect, who is charged with attempted murder, to remain in custody.

Prosecutors told police not to publicly identify the suspect or release details about the case.

Robert Fico shooting suspect is arrested by police
Robert Fico shooting suspect is arrested by policeRadovan Stoklasa/Tlacova agentura SR

Government officials originally said they believed it was a politically motivated attack committed by a “lone wolf,” but later announced that a “third party” might have been involved in “acting for the benefit of the perpetrator”.

Multiple protests have taken place in Slovakia against Fico’s government after he made efforts to overhaul public broadcasting, a move critics said would give the government full control of public television and radio.

That, along with his plans to amend the penal code to eliminate a special anti-graft prosecutor, has led opponents to worry that he would lead Slovakia down a more autocratic path.

Journalist • Abby Chitty

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