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US government was interested in Hedviga Malinová case, dispatches say

Internet portal WikiLeaks published another package of dispatches sent by US diplomats, including dozens relating to Slovak affairs. Some of them dealt with the case of the alleged attack on Hedviga Malinová, the Sme daily reported.

Internet portal WikiLeaks published another package of dispatches sent by US diplomats, including dozens relating to Slovak affairs. Some of them dealt with the case of the alleged attack on Hedviga Malinová, the Sme daily reported.

The reported attack happened in 2006. Malinová alleged that two men assaulted her, probably because she was speaking Hungarian. Though then interior minister Róbert Kaliňák said that Malinová was lying and had inflicted her injuries upon herself, the US dispatches say that “the truth could be somewhere in the middle”, Sme wrote.

The embassy in Bratislava allegedly had its own source working for the Interior Ministry who told it that Malinová might actually have been attacked, but then may have had to worsen her injuries before reporting the incident to the police. Kaliňák, who publicly accused her of perjury and threatened her with a five-year prison term, now says that nobody doubts that she could have been given a slap.

“Nobody wanted to find out whether she was slapped by her mother, or because she came home late,” he said, as quoted by Sme, adding that what he called “expert opinions” showed that she was not seriously injured. No case – either against Malinová’s alleged attackers, or against Malinová herself – has ever come to trial.

Aside from Malinová’s case, WikiLeaks also published other dispatches written between 2005 and 2009 by then US embassy chargé d’affaires Keith Eddins. These concerned the policy of former prime minister Róbert Fico and his relations with Russia, and the war in Iraq and Slovak attitudes towards it.

Source: Sme

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