Lawyer Ernest Valko, who was killed in his home two weeks ago, had sent a letter to the Interior Ministry on July 1 demanding €1.6 million in compensation for being charged with blackmail in a high-profile land-dispute case, Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic stated on Monday, November 22, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
Lipšic noted that the charges were later dropped and reaffirmed that Valko did not commit any crime. In fact, talks between Valko and the ministry aimed at Valko withdrawing his compensation demand were close to a successful completion shortly before he was shot dead at his house in Limbach near Bratislava on November 8.
Lipšic told journalists that two rounds of talks took place before Valko's death, while the third and final one was scheduled for November 9 – the day after the lawyer was killed. The Interior Minister also expressed his regret at the fact that Valko was arrested back in November 2006 and stated that no evidence was found to support the charges.
As for Valko's death, Lipšic reiterated that he will not provide any information that could possibly damage the ongoing investigation. He refused to answer what he called "a speculative question" from one of the reporters present who asked him directly if he could rule out the possibility that Valko's daughter was behind the death.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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23. Nov 2010 at 10:00