THE BRATISLAVA mafia is seeking to learn the names of new witnesses who have apparently testified about the murder of student Daniel Tupý in 2005. TV Markíza reported on January 9 that money is being offered for the names of the witnesses. The purported rewards from the underworld came after Slovakia’s Interior Ministry announced that new testimony had been given last year in the murder investigation.
Markíza cited two independent sources saying that the underworld in Bratislava is offering €200,000 for the names of four people who spoke to police in 2010 and who apparently provided new facts.
Tupý was stabbed to death when he and a group of friends were attacked on the evening of November 4, 2005 on the Tyršovo embankment in Bratislava. At first it was thought that the group was attacked by a gang of skinheads but the focus later switched to members of the criminal underworld as the attackers. The murder has provoked a strong public reaction.
Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic stated that he trusts the police officers investigating the case and is certain they cannot be bought for any price.
But the father of the victim, Daniel Tupý Sr, stated that he regards it as dangerous that the police are not working on the case under the highest level of secrecy, the SITA newswire wrote.
Former interior minister Robert Kaliňák said that reports that the mafia is offering money for the names of the new witnesses proves that the police are on the right track.
17. Jan 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff