Černák may soon go free

A Trenčín district court judge ruled yesterday that reputed underworld boss Mikuláš Cernák of Banská Bystrica qualified for parole after serving half of his 8.5-year sentence for extortion. The decision was appealed to a higher court by a district state prosecutor, and thus has not yet taken effect.

Slovak judges have been in the hot seat recently following a spate of releases of accused Mafia members.

The burning of a VW Passat earlier this week in east Slovakia’s Košice brings the total in that city to four cars this month that have been set alight following the release in early September from pre-trial custody of seven Košice-area men charged with a 1998 gangland killing.

The release of a gang charged with highway-sticker forgery and led by Nitra underworld boss Ľuboš Ferus in mid-September has also been criticised by justice experts.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

News digest: National Gallery prepares for its big move

Kids and pensioners will get tablets used in last year's census, the highest ski slope opens to skiers, and there are fewer fake banknotes.


26m
A lookout point on the hike to the Babky peak in the Western Tatras on January 23, 2022.

Weekend: Which big stars will gig in Bratislava and Prague in 2022?

As usual, you will also find weekend hiking tips in the Spectacular Slovakia Roundup.


9 h
Bratislava airport

Slovaks often find it hard to believe someone wants to live in their country

Homecoming may also not be easy because of how returning Slovaks are received at home.


23 h
The Three Borders (Trojhraničie or Trojmedzie), a place where the countries of Slovakia, Hungary and Austria meet.

The Three Borders near Bratislava is accessible again, legally

Visitors will likely catch a glimpse of the largest flying bird in Europe wintering here.


24. jan
Skryť Close ad