The Bratislava Regional Court had the right to release from custody Karol Mello, a man accused of two murders. Its verdict was confirmed by the Supreme Court, which rejected an appeal by Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská, the SITA newswire reported.
Žitňanská filed her complaint to the court on June 14. She sought cancellation of the verdict of the Regional Court that had allowed Mello, who is charged with the murder of a woman and her child in Most pri Bratislave in 2004, to leave the jail where he had been held after being arrested by Polish police in 2010.
Karol Mello was freed on May 19, when the Bratislava Regional Court upheld a complaint about the legality of his re-arrest immediately after another court had released him due to mistakes made during his extradition to Slovakia. According to Mello, the police had no right to re-arrest him.
Mello’s release prompted an outcry in the media and criticism of Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic, especially when Mello fled abroad once again. He remains in hiding.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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19. Oct 2011 at 10:00