Judge orders Mišenka to be held into custody

The Specialised Criminal Court in Banská Bystrica on Thursday, February 7, decided to remand murder suspect Viliam Mišenka in custody, journalists were told by court spokesperson Katarína Kudjaková.

The Specialised Criminal Court in Banská Bystrica on Thursday, February 7, decided to remand murder suspect Viliam Mišenka in custody, journalists were told by court spokesperson Katarína Kudjaková.

A government plane brought Mišenka, a Slovak citizen who is accused of multiple homicides, to Bratislava from Rome, where he was brought on a scheduled flight from Venezuela. Mišenka, 56, was arrested on January 2 while walking on a beach in Venezuela. He is suspected of involvement in five murders and a bank robbery.

"The reason for the custody lies in the concerns that he may escape, influence witnesses and commit further crimes. The suspect filed an appeal against the decision, which will be assessed by the Supreme Court," said Kudjaková, as quoted by the TASR newswire, adding that Mišenka's custody starts on Thursday and that he will be held at Banská Bystrica Prison.

Mišenka's lawyer, Igor Cibula, expressed surprise at the judge's decision. "I was caught by surprise about all the reasons, I didn't see any reasons [for the remand in custody]. We'll explain this in detail in the written reasoning to the appeal, which will be sent to the Supreme Court," said Cibula, adding that his client is calm, but too tired to testify in court at the moment. "He was very tired after the journey. He told me he hadn't slept for three days [and nights] and he needed to prepare well for his testimony," said the lawyer.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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