Slovakia's General Prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka made fresh comments at a news conference on Thursday, August 5, on the case of former student Hedviga Malinová, suggesting that new submissions regarding the case may be examined.
Malinová came to media prominence in 2006 after she claimed to have been beaten up by skinheads for speaking Hungarian on her mobile-phone en route to university in Nitra. She was later accused by the-then interior minister of fabricating the story and still faces charges of perjury.
Trnka told reporters that Malinová's lawyer Roman Kvasnica last week sent a request to his office to review new evidence. "A prosecutor is looking into the request ... and may well conduct more questioning in Kvasnica's presence," Trnka said, as reported by the TASR newswire. Trnka said last month that the decision of his office on the case depends on when an expert witness completes his opinion report. A five-member specialist team at the General Prosecutor's Office has been working on the case since 2007. Malinová (now using her married name Žáková), who also said that her assailants daubed her blouse with anti-Hungarian slogans, claims that she came under intense pressure from police to admit that she was lying. She has maintained her version of events throughout.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Aug 2010 at 10:00