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Accused murderer released in error is re-arrested and jailed

Karol Mello, accused of a double murder of a woman and boy in 2004, was ordered to stay in jail by a three-member senate of Bratislava District Court on May 9 as the court rejected the accused man’s written pledge to not flee the country and would not accept bail, the TASR newswire reported. The accused appealed this verdict and the case will be forwarded to the Bratislava Regional Court. Mello was released on May 9 due to an error made by the Bratislava I District Court but he was immediately re-arrested by a special police unit for a different crime.

Karol Mello, accused of a double murder of a woman and boy in 2004, was ordered to stay in jail by a three-member senate of Bratislava District Court on May 9 as the court rejected the accused man’s written pledge to not flee the country and would not accept bail, the TASR newswire reported.

The accused appealed this verdict and the case will be forwarded to the Bratislava Regional Court. Mello was released on May 9 due to an error made by the Bratislava I District Court but he was immediately re-arrested by a special police unit for a different crime.

"The Regional Court released the accused Karol Mello ... due to a violation of the procedural regulations surrounding the extradition process to Slovakia as well as a violation of procedural regulations regarding custody conditions," Regional Court spokesman Pavol Adamčiak told the TASR newswire.

Mello was arrested in Poland in October 2010 after being at large for five years. He is charged with the murder of a woman and a ten-year-old boy whom he allegedly killed near Bratislava in late 2004. Mello's actual target was said to be a former policeman. The case came into the limelight because Mello's girlfriend, actress Zuzana Marošová, has consistently pleaded his innocence.

Source: TASR

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