General Prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka appeared before members of the parliamentary committee for human rights and ethnic minorities on Wednesday, October 20, to answer questions about progress in the case of ethnic Hungarian student Hedviga Malinová, which dates back to the summer of 2006. Asked why it had dragged on unresolved for so many years, Trnka dismissed the case as “banal”.
The committee invited Trnka based on a proposal by one of its members, Peter Zajac (Most-Híd), the SITA newswire wrote. Malinová was reportedly assaulted by two young men in Nitra in August 2006, allegedly because she had been heard speaking Hungarian on her mobile phone. The case was politicised during its investigation by the intervention of then-prime minister Robert Fico and his interior minister, Robert Kaliňák, who stated publicly that Malinová had fabricated the allegations in order to damage the government. The police later halted the investigation and accused Malinová of having made up her story. Malinová, who has since married and changed her name to Žáková, still faces charges of giving false testimony.
In his comments to the committee, Trnka said that the case would not proceed until he had received an expert opinion from Professor Peter Labaš, the dean of the medical faculty at Bratislava’s Comenius University. Labaš was responsible for a previous report on the case which appeared to back the police’s version of events, but which later came in for severe criticism after several contributors said they had been misrepresented.
For more information on this story, please see: Case not closed: medical report questioned
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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21. Oct 2010 at 10:00