Bratislava, 24 January 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Slovakia‘s environment minister announced that he was stepping down after he and his brother were allegedly involved in a drunken brawl at a Chinese restaurant in Bratislava’s old town on Wednesday night, police and local media reported.
Laszlo Solymos was reportedly arrested on charges of attacking restaurant staff and damaging part of the restaurant’s furnishings, with police saying that one employee required medical treatment after the incident.
The police report did not include the identity of the arrested suspect, but the Pluska.sk news site reported overnight that Solymos – a member of the Hungarian-Slovak Most Hid party – was the perpetrator.
Media reports cited witnesses who said a blatantly drunken man had loudly protested his arrest by saying, “I am the environment minister!”
Peter Pellegrini, Slovakia‘s prime minister, summoned Solymos early on Thursday and requested that he make a public apology. The minister announced his resignation immediately after the meeting with Pellegrini, though he declined to answer questions from reporters.