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President Schuster grants amnesties to mark his inauguration

Slovak President Rudolf Schuster signed an amnesty decision July 14 which will pardon inmates accused of minor crimes, such as those in jail for financial negligence not exceeding 20,000 Sk. The amnesty also pertains to pregnant women, single mothers, and men older than 65 years in custody, along with terminally ill prisoners.

The decision will free 1,000 of 7,000 sentenced people in Slovakia. General Prosecutor Milan Hanzel said that former Slovak Information Service (SIS) officer Jaroslav S., who testified about his role in the 1995 Michal Kováč Jr. kidnapping case, may be included in the pardon.

It has become a tradition for a newly elected president entering his/her post in Slovakia or the Czech Republic to grant an amnesty for less serious crimes. Former Czechoslovak President Václav Havel and former Slovak President Michal Kováč granted amnesties upon entering their posts. Former prime minister Vladimír Mečiar, who assumed some of the presidential powers on March 3, 1998, amnestied those involved in the Kováč Jr. kidnapping and those involved in the marred 1997 NATO referendum scandal.

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EC scrutinises state aid for Jaguar Photo

There is a question whether the scrutiny may impact the carmaker’s plans to invest in Slovakia.

The construction site of a brand new plant of Jaguar Land Rover near Nitra.

Vote-buying scandal lands village mayor in court

Some Roma claiming the mayor of Gemerská Poloma, Miroslav Michalka was buying votes, have changed their testimonies.

Stanislav Kučerák (blue shirt) is a key witness in the vote-buying case.

Police president refuses the proposals of students

He turned down their suggestions for a public debate but invites them to talk about corruption at the Police Corps Presidium.

Police President Tibor Gašpar

How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.