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Student's murder still unsolved

ALMOST a year ago, on November 5, 2006, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák said the motive for the murder of Daniel Tupý, a poet and philosophy student, was most likely extremism. Tupý was killed a year earlier, on November 4, 2005.
"Police can rule out all the theories that have been published except for the one that we consider correct - an attack by neo-Nazis," Kaliňák said.

ALMOST a year ago, on November 5, 2006, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák said the motive for the murder of Daniel Tupý, a poet and philosophy student, was most likely extremism. Tupý was killed a year earlier, on November 4, 2005.

"Police can rule out all the theories that have been published except for the one that we consider correct - an attack by neo-Nazis," Kaliňák said.

At the time, he also said he was sure the offender would be found soon, as the police had already made a lot of progress.

"The murderers of Daniel Tupý should definitely not feel safe," he said.

But Tupý's murderers have still not been found.

The Slovak Spectator spoke to Kaliňák about the investigation.


The Slovak Spectator (TSS): What is the status of the investigation of the murder of Daniel Tupý?

Robert Kaliňák: We are working on it.


TSS: Last year, you said you were close to finding the offenders.

RK: The case of Daniel Tupý is very complicated. We have taken several measures. Some measures ruled out a group of suspects. Some narrowed the investigation. We are working intensely on this case.


TSS: Do you have any other preliminary results, except for these mysterious groups?

RK: It is more complicated than I had imagined. It's not that the police are not working on it. For example, Daniel's father can regularly check the file to see what steps have been taken. Maybe there will be a point when we can speak about the investigation without microphones, when I could be more open than the Penal Code allows me to be.


TSS: The two of us?

RK: Thanks for the offer. The two of us, yes, we could. In any case, we can discuss this matter generally. We took a lot of measures that are not part of standard investigations. We tried to improvise a lot, so that we could submit several pieces of evidence. And we succeeded, but in some cases the connection could not be confirmed.

The case itself has been complicated from the beginning. We have prepared several more measures, but we cannot talk about them until they come into force.


According to the information broadcast by private TV news channel TA3 on August 27, there are an estimated 5,000 people involved in extremist movements in Slovakia.

The father of the murdered student, Daniel Tupý, Sr., criticised the police's efforts to prevent similar crimes.

"For me, it seems shocking that police leave the site where the core of these neo-Nazis assemble unattended," he told TA3.

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