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Justice Minister Žitňanská appeals against Mello's release

Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská has appealed the verdict of the Bratislava Regional Court repealing the custody of suspected criminal Karol Mello due to a processing error made by Bratislava I District Court, Justice Ministry spokesman Peter Bubla confirmed for the TASR newswire on Tuesday, June 15.

Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská has appealed the verdict of the Bratislava Regional Court repealing the custody of suspected criminal Karol Mello due to a processing error made by Bratislava I District Court, Justice Ministry spokesman Peter Bubla confirmed for the TASR newswire on Tuesday, June 15.

"The justice minister appealed against the verdict based on an initiative of the Prosecutor-General's Office as well as taking information from the court file in question into account," said Bubla. Mello, accused of organising the double murder of a boy and a woman in the village of Most (Bratislava region) in 2004, was released from custody by the Bratislava Regional Court on May 19 due to procedural flaws committed by the district court. After Mello was extradited to Slovakia from Poland last autumn, a single judge presided over his case at Bratislava I District Court when it should have been dealt with by a senate. The prosecutor should have drawn the court's attention to this fact conceded the head of the Special Task Force Department of the General Prosecutor's Office Peter Šufliarsky on May 24. He refused to reveal the name of that prosecutor, but TASR has learned that it was Eva Mišíková, the coalition's original candidate for the post of general prosecutor from last year.

Source: TASR

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