Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

NEWS IN SHORT

New sex offenders facility to be set up

THE SLOVAK Health Ministry, in cooperation with the Justice Ministry, is to establish a detention facility for sex offenders. The facility will treat mentally ill criminals who might still pose a danger to society after their release from prison. The Slovak cabinet approved a Justice Ministry's proposal at its session on July 9, the SITA newswire reported.

THE SLOVAK Health Ministry, in cooperation with the Justice Ministry, is to establish a detention facility for sex offenders. The facility will treat mentally ill criminals who might still pose a danger to society after their release from prison. The Slovak cabinet approved a Justice Ministry's proposal at its session on July 9, the SITA newswire reported.

The announcment comes after Antonín Novák, a Slovak with a history of sex crimes, confessed to raping and killing a 9-year-old in the Czech town of Havlíčkův Brod at the beginning of May.

At the time of the murder, Novák was wanted by the Slovak police for not attending mandatory therapy sessions. But when police showed up at his permanent residence, they found he hadn’t lived there in three years.

The incident sparked a flood of negative criticism and prompted the ministries to take action.

The facility will be built at the Psychiatric Clinic in Hronovce in the Levice District. The Health Ministry has earmarked Sk127 million (€4.3 million) from the state budget for the purpose. It is to be completed by the end of next year.Placement in the facility will be used isolate recently released prisoners from society, as well as provide them with necessary treatment. Specialists will focus on changing their attitudes.

A judge or the director of the institution where the person served their sentence will decide on placement in the facility. The court will also determine the length of stay and date of release based on expert opinion.

Top stories

My five-year-old daughter will almost certainly encounter a Weinstein too

It’s not that I thought sexually harassing women was okay, it’s more that I accepted that was just part of how things worked. Unfortunate, yes, but also standard.

Harvey Weinstein

Socialism elections were parody of free vote

After the revolution in 1989 the number of people participating in elections fell from 99 percent to around 60 percent.

Elections during socialism regime.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 17 and November 26, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Lúčnica

Top 3 stories from Last Week in Slovakia Video

Chinese could produce e-cars in Slovakia - PM Robert Fico does not see election defeat - Poliačik leaves the strongest opposition party

PM Robert Fico