On Wednesday, October 13, Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská dismissed Tibor Soták as director of Prešov prison in connection with the case of inmate Ľuboš Kračuník, who absconded after taking authorised leave then, it is alleged, committed sexual offences while on the run.
"In the case in Prešov prison, individual failures and mistakes were committed," the justice minister told the SITA newswire. According to a report by a committee that investigated the case, the prisoner was given three permits to leave the institution in the course of less than five months, which was a violation of the law. Žitňanská said she regrets what she called the prison's very slow reaction to the fact that Kračuník had violated the terms of his extraordinary leave. She emphasised that subsequent actions, including alerting the police, convening a crisis team, etc., were considerable delayed.
Director General of the Correctional and Courtroom Security Corps Robert Mudronček is assessing the responsibility of other prison employees for the case. Mudronček last week issued an instruction to all directors of correctional institutions in Slovakia to suspend all leave to inmates. New, stricter rules for rewarding inmates with leave permits should be issued by the end of this week.
Kračuník, a former police officer, was reportedly convicted six times for violent crimes; he was at Prešov prison serving a 10.5-year sentence for robbery and sexual violence. It is not known whether the court had ordered the treatment of his sexual disorder. He received permission to leave the prison between October 1 and 4, but did not return. He is believed to have travelled to Rožňava, and to have raped a 14-year-old-girl and sexually assaulted a hotel receptionist there. Police caught him hiding in bushes following a tip-off.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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13. Oct 2010 at 14:00