HEDVIGA Žáková, neé Malinová, whose controversial case has carried on for more than six years, turned up to attend a psychiatric examination on December 16, but the doctor who was assigned to examine her, psychiatric forensic expert Miroslav Čerňan, did not do so, arguing that she feels to be under pressure, the Sme daily reported.

“I was ready to answer their questions, but they refused it,” Žáková-Malinová told Sme.

Žáková-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 that no attack had occurred. The announcement was made at a press conference by then (and now again) 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 Žáková-Malinová as a “pathological liar”, the Sme daily wrote.

State authorities charged Žáková-Malinová with perjury in 2007.

The General Prosecutor Office requested further medical examinations of Malinová regarding her seven-year-old case after they announced they needed more material evidence before they could wrap up the case. The case has begun moving again since a new prosecutor was assigned to it in the second half of 2013.

On November 21, General Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár announced they wanted to wrap up the case by the end of 2013, “because the procedure has been unreasonably long”.

His office still stands by this claim, Sme wrote on December 17.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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