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Investigation of journalist’s criminal prosecution halted

The investigation of the case of a Nový Čas daily journalist, who was charged after impersonating a policewoman in order to acquire information about a deadly accident, continues. Spokesperson for the Trnava regional prosecution office Mojmír Huna explained that the prosecutor has halted the prosecution over formal mistakes, which will not impact issuing the charges again, the Sme daily reported on April 22.

The investigation of the case of a Nový Čas daily journalist, who was charged after impersonating a policewoman in order to acquire information about a deadly accident, continues. Spokesperson for the Trnava regional prosecution office Mojmír Huna explained that the prosecutor has halted the prosecution over formal mistakes, which will not impact issuing the charges again, the Sme daily reported on April 22.

The journalist, meanwhile, has denied that she pretended to be an investigator to obtain information. Moreover, Nový Čas editor-in-chief Júlia Kováčová said that the steps the police have taken are an attack on the daily.

The story in question pertains to a tragic accident near Skalica last June when a driver under the influence crashed into five people and escaped. The accident resulted in two fatalities. The wife of the drunk driver explained to the accused Nový Čas journalists that he had been drinking all day before he got into the car and caused the accident. The woman now says that if she had known that it had not been a policewoman she would not have cooperated with her.

Source: Sme

For more information about this story please see: Journalist posed as police officer to wrangle information

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