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New prosecutor to check disputed Hedviga Malinová case
23 Aug 2013 Flash News
The General Prosecutor’s Office (GPO) led by the recently appointed Jaroslav Čižnár will examine the proceedings in the case of Hedviga Malinová-Žáková – a then-university student who reported seven years ago that she was beaten by two skinheads, allegedly for speaking Hungarian on mobile phone.
State authorities charged her with perjury. GPO prosecutor Jaroslav Kozolka who considers Malinová a liar, has thus far handled the case, the Sme daily wrote on August 23. Newly appointed Deputy General Prosecutor Peter Šufliarsky has decided that a new prosecutor will deal with the case in order to check the lawfulness and promptness of the preparatory proceedings. Afterwards, the GPO leadership will decide on further whether any additional action is necessary.
Malinová's lawyer Roman Kvasnica says, as quoted by Sme, that law enforcement bodies have not specified yet what his client lied about.
Malinová, a Hungarian-speaking Slovak citizen, reported that she was assaulted on her way to a university exam in Nitra in August 2006. Police concluded their investigation in September 2006, finding no attack occurred. The announcement was made at a press conference by then (and current) Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák and Prime Minister Robert Fico, at which Kaliňák said that “it is beyond doubt that the case did not happen”, supporting his assertion with several pieces of what he claimed were evidence, including DNA samples. Kaliňák later went on to denounce Malinová as a “pathological liar”.
In May 2007, Malinová was charged with lying to police and making false claims but her case has never gone to court.
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