Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

NEWS IN SHORT

Supreme Court backs Mello release

THE BRATISLAVA Regional Court was correct to release Karol Mello, a man accused of a double murder, from police custody, the Supreme Court ruled on October 18. The ruling marks the rejection of an appeal by Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská, the SITA newswire reported.

THE BRATISLAVA Regional Court was correct to release Karol Mello, a man accused of a double murder, from police custody, the Supreme Court ruled on October 18. The ruling marks the rejection of an appeal by Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská, the SITA newswire reported.

Žitňanská filed her complaint with the Supreme Court on June 14, seeking to overturn the regional court's decision that led to Mello’s release.

Mello is charged with the 2004 murder of a woman and her child in Most pri Bratislave. He had fled Slovakia but was arrested in Poland last year.

Mello was freed on May 19, 2011, after the regional court ruled that his re-arrest immediately after another court had released him was illegal. The first court ruled that he should be released due to mistakes made in his extradition from Poland.

Mello’s release prompted an outcry in the media and strong criticism by Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic.

After his release, Mello absconded again. He is believed to have fled Slovakia but his current whereabouts are unknown.


Top stories

Slovakia commemorates the 1968 invasion. Here’s what it looked like Photo

Anniversary of the Warsaw Pact troop invasion that ended the Prague Spring.

Garth: We need a deal that will benefit both

“When I talk to the Brits living in Slovakia, they are quite relaxed about things,” UK Ambassador to Slovakia Andrew Garth says about the Brexit-related concerns.

UK Ambassador to Slovakia Andrew Garth

“Natural police” to protect nature and animals

Those who commit crimes against the environment should watch out.

Illustrative stock photo

Regional authority stops money for school that warned against fascists

Though there is no obvious link between the criticism and the decision to scrap the subsidy, there are some indications.

Marian Kotleba