Shot Slovak Prime Minister Fico released from hospital

Shot Slovak Prime Minister Fico released from hospital

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has been released from a hospital in the central city of Banska Bystrica, where he had been recovering from an assassination attempt, and taken to his apartment in Bratislava.

The hospital and the government office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The hospital said earlier on Thursday Fico underwent further follow-up examinations, which confirmed the positive development of his health condition, and that he had started rehabilitation.

An attacker hit Fico with four bullets at short range when the prime minister welcomed supporters at a government meeting in the central Slovak town of Handlova on May 15.

Fico, 59, was hit in the abdomen and taken to hospital in Banska Bystrica in serious condition. He immediately underwent more than five hour operation and another one two days later.

The attacker, identified as 71-year old Juraj C. was arrested on the spot and charged with attempted premeditated murder.