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Prosecutor drops invasion of privacy charges

The recording of a telephone conversation between Zoltan Zs. of Tekovské Luzany and a police officer cannot be considered a violation of the officer’s privacy, the Nitra Regional Public Prosecutor’s Office said on July 31.

The case started this past January, when Zoltan Zs. recorded a conversation with an officer of the Levice Transport Department concerning the investigation into a traffic accident he had been accused of causing. According to Zoltan Zs., the office spoke to him in a very “arrogant” tone, so he sent a copy of the conversation to the Interior Ministry, asking it to investigate the possibility of charging the officer with abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

Instead, the Interior Ministry denied his complaint and handed the case over to the police, who charged Zoltan Zs. with invasion of privacy.

But on July 31, the Regional Prosecutor's Office dropped all criminal charges.

"No law forbids a citizen from recording a conversation in which he is involved," the office’s spokesperson said.

As precedent, the prosecutor’s office pointed to a ruling by the Constitutional Court that had found public officials can be recorded without knowledge during execution of their powers.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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