MEMBERS of the parliamentary constitutional committee will not discuss the case of Hedviga Žáková. MPs of the ruling Smer party did not support the proposal of Miroslav Kadúc of Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) to invite General Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár to explain why the case, which started back in 2006, is still open.

Žáková is an ethnic Hungarian who reported to have been attacked in August 2006 after two men overheard her speaking Hungarian on the phone. She was charged with perjury in early April. She formerly went by the surname Malinová but has since married.

“I wanted to know the objective reasons in order to exclude the politicisation of the case,” Kadúc said, as quoted by the TASR newswire, when explaining his motion.

Smer MPs, who have a majority in the committee, did not even support his second motion in which he asked Čižnár for a report on the number of cases similar to Žáková’s in Slovakia.

The General Prosecutor’s Office closed the investigation of the case on April 2, when the prosecutor submitted a proposal to the court to charge her with perjury. This decision provoked much criticism. The NGO Round Table of Hungarians in Slovakia (OSMS) organised a protest gathering called ‘Today Hedviga, tomorrow you – Justice for all’ on April 30 in Bratislava, TASR wrote.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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