The European Parliament discussed the case of Hedgiva Žáková, née Malinová, at a public hearing held on April 23. Malinová was allegedly assaulted in Nitra in 2006 after being heard speaking Hungarian, but then accused of lying ministers and police. Her case is still with prosecutors and remains unresolved, the TASR newswire reported.
After six years of investigation, prosecutors ordered Malinová, who has since married and has two children, to undergo a mental examination. The ostensible aim of the examination, which prosecutors say should take place as an in-patient procedure at a mental facility, is to determine what her mental state was in 2006, when the alleged assault took place.
After she refused to communicate with psychiatrists, the prosecutor ordered her to be examined at a hospital in April 2013.
“After Professor [Peter] Labaš, under his own consideration, described my health condition to the media in detail, I cannot trust experts anymore,” Malinová, who attended the EP in person together with her lawyer Branislav Jurga, said, as quoted by TASR. She was referring to statements made by Labaš, a doctor who was commissioned by the state to investigate her condition, who concluded she had not been beaten up.
Malinová added that she considers other psychiatric examinations unacceptable.
MEP Edit Bauer, a MEP for the Party of the Hungarian Community (SMK) described the case as an injustice done to a representative of a national minority.
“This is a violation of the fundamental human rights of a European citizen, which cannot be left unnoticed by the European Union,” Bauer said, as quoted by TASR.
Bauer’s assistant Gábor Klenovics added that all of this was happening despite the fact that in March psychiatrists from five countries said the case showed clear features of misuse of psychiatry.
“In their final report they point out that further psychiatric and clinical examination is non-essential, unethical and can pose a serious risk for re-developing of post-traumatic stress disorder,” Klenovics said, as quoted by TASR
Malinová, a Hungarian-speaking Slovak citizen, reported that she had been assaulted on her way to a university exam in Nitra in August 2006. The police said that their investigation into the case, involving over 250 officers and interviews with 600 people, led them to conclude that an assault never occurred.
The police’s findings were released on September 12, 2006, at a press conference by then interior minister Robert Kaliňák and then prime minister Robert Fico (both of whom currently hold the same positions), with Kaliňák stating “it is beyond doubt that the case did not happen”. He presented several pieces of alleged evidence, including DNA samples, to support his assertion. Kaliňák later went on to denounce Malinová as a “pathological liar”.
Malinová was then charged in May 2007 with perjury and making false claims. However, the charges have yet to be presented before a court and almost six years on the case is still pending with the General Prosecutor’s Office.
For more information about this story please see: Psychiatric community willing to back Malinová
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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24. Apr 2013 at 10:00