THE NITRA district prosecutor’s office disagrees with General Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár’s criticism of two Nitra district prosecutors who handled the case of a brutal attack on the owner and patrons of the Mariatchi bar in downtown Nitra, which occurred in 2013 but was not reported by local media until January 2014.

In early February, Čižnár slammed the two prosecutors in front of the parliamentary committee for security and defence for their handling of the case in October 2013 and later in January 2014, after the media reported on the attack and published a video from the municipal security camera that recorded the incident.

The Nitra district prosecutor’s office has not punished the two prosecutors.

The top prosecutor criticised the Nitra prosecutor who dealt with the October 2013 case for not taking the suspects into custody. The Nitra prosecutors however say that the prosecutor at that time had not even been requested to decide on custody.

“Since the police officer did not find reasons for custody, they released the suspects, which did not require the approval of the prosecutor,” the prosecutor’s office spokesperson Ján Ludva told the Sme daily, adding that the police officer only announced to the prosecutor that the suspects had been released.

None of the suspects were accused of other criminal acts at that time, and only one of them had a record in the penal register, but it was from 14 years ago.

At the time the suspects were detained it was not possible to prove anything more than a breach of peace. Ludva admitted there were suspicions of the crime of committing bodily harm, but the evidence was not sufficient at that point, mainly because the extent of the victims’ injuries was not yet clear. To establish this, the prosecutor requested forensic reports in the case.

The Nitra district prosecution did not comment on why it took four months to start acting in the case, Sme reported.