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Lawyer stabbed to death in Bratislava

High-profile lawyer Lubica Kolesárová, who defended controversial businessman and accused tax evader Mikuláš Vareha, among others, was stabbed to death on the evening of Sunday, April 14 in Bratislava, and eventually died in the hospital on Monday morning, the TASR newswire wrote.

High-profile lawyer Lubica Kolesárová, who defended controversial businessman and accused tax evader Mikuláš Vareha, among others, was stabbed to death on the evening of Sunday, April 14 in Bratislava, and eventually died in the hospital on Monday morning, the TASR newswire wrote.

Kolesárová, 35, was assaulted in the borough of Karlova Ves on Sunday at around 22:00. She was transported to Kramáre hospital before 23:00 with numerous stab wounds and a serious head injury. She died 11 hours after being admitted, said spokesperson of the Bratislava University Hospital (the umbrella organisation representing five teaching hospitals throughout the city) Petra Stano Maťašovská.

Witnesses claim that there was a single attacker, who was wearing dark clothing and a black hood. He managed to escape. The lawyer was the mother of a five-year-old boy. Her husband, lawyer Juraj Kolesár, committed suicide two years ago.

The investigation was opened while Kolesárová was still alive, and had been qualified as an act of grave bodily harm, the Sme daily wrote in its Tuesday issue. The crime will probably be re-qualified to murder only later; police need to determine the motive first. With all probability, she was not robbed, as all her things were found close to her. Police are considering several versions of the case, one of them being that the motive was connected with her work. Apart from a legal firm, which ceased operating in 2011, she has also been running a business since that time, Sme wrote. President of the Police Corps Tibor Gašpar said in a brief interview that Kolesárová recently testified in some cases, and this could be connected to the attack.

(Source: TASR, Sme)

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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