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Psychiatrists to examine Malinová

PSYCHIATRISTS are to evaluate the mental health of Hedviga Malinová based on a request from the General Prosecutor’s Office, according to a story in Új Szó, the Hungarian-language daily, as reported by the Sme daily.

PSYCHIATRISTS are to evaluate the mental health of Hedviga Malinová based on a request from the General Prosecutor’s Office, according to a story in Új Szó, the Hungarian-language daily, as reported by the Sme daily.

On August 25, 2006 Malinová reported that she had been assaulted on her way to an exam at her university in Nitra and over the past six years the handling of the alleged assault has caused tension in Slovak-Hungarian relations because Malinová claimed she had been attacked because she was heard speaking Hungarian.

The police closed their investigation of the reported assault in 2006 with a statement that no such attack had occurred. Malinová was charged with lying to the police and making false claims in May 2007, but the charges have never been presented in a court of law and the case remains with the prosecutor.

The district court in Nitra issued the order for the psychiatric review of Malinová based on a motion from the prosecutor’s office which posed 15 questions for the psychiatric experts to answer, such as whether Malinová suffered any mental disorder in August 2006. The court stated the purpose of the review is to verify the findings of Malinová’s doctors, László Sárközy and Jozef Hašto.

Roman Kvasnica, Malinová’s attorney, objected that the prosecutor’s office is seeking to examine the mental state of his client in 2006 even though the order from the Nitra court deals only with Malinová’s current state of mental health, Sme reported.

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