AFTER seven years of investigation, Hedviga Žáková, neé Malinová, will leave Slovakia. She was granted Hungarian citizenship and says she will move to Hungarian town Győr in January. The main reason is that she wants to protect her children, the Sme daily wrote in its December 20 issue.

“I do not escape from police investigation and possible court proceeding, I want to protect my children from police harassment,” Žáková-Malinová told the Hungarian daily Új Szó.

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”, Sme wrote.

Kaliňák claims not to be disturbed by her emigration and insists that she lied, as reported by Sme.

Žáková-Malinová claims to be persecuted by authorities when police came to summon her to a psychiatric examination although she took over the official invitations. Every time there is a knock on the door her children ask her whether it is police officers, she said, as reported by Sme. According to her, the only reason why police officers come in person is to intimidate her.

She has already arrived to the psychological examination on December 17, but it did not take place after she said she felt under pressure, Sme reported.

According to Lucia Kurilovská, the expert in criminal law and advisor to Justice Minister Tomáš Borec, Malinová will not avoid the investigation when she leaves. Her moving will only make it more complicated, Kurilovská told Sme.

In November General Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár said he wants to “wrap up the Hedviga Žáková-Malinová case by the end of the year because the procedure has been unreasonably long”, as reported by the TASR newswire.

Source: Sme, TASR

For more information about this story please see: Malinová to be examined again
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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