Čižnár punished Nitra regional prosecutor

GENERAL Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár has handed down a punishment for Nitra regional prosecutor Ernest Vojtech for the mild reprimands he administered to two district prosecutors who allegedly mishandled the cases of two attacks that occurred in front of the Mariatchi Bar in downtown Nitra.

GENERAL Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár has handed down a punishment for Nitra regional prosecutor Ernest Vojtech for the mild reprimands he administered to two district prosecutors who allegedly mishandled the cases of two attacks that occurred in front of the Mariatchi Bar in downtown Nitra.

No further details of the regional prosecutor’s punishment are available, as it has not been officially presented to him, the TASR newswire reported on March 10.

Ernest warned and reproached the two district prosecutors for their handling of the cases – the mildest forms of disciplinary sanctions that the regional prosecutor can deliver. One prosecutor was penalised for failing to write a report over the detention and release of the suspects in the attack, while the other was reprimanded for violating her duties.

The punishments came after Čižnár criticised the Nitra prosecutors in early February before the parliamentary committee for security and defence over the way they handled the two incidents, which occurred in October 2013 and January 2014.

After publishing information about the sanctions, Čižnár reviewed the reasons why the regional prosecutor imposed the punishments. He also met him personally on February 27, TASR wrote.

The story of what has been described as attacks by neo-Nazis emerged only after the Sme daily published a video of the first attack caught by a municipal security street camera. The footage shows a group of men attacking patrons of the Mariatchi bar, a popular student hangout in downtown Nitra, with the assailants kicking one victim in the head repeatedly. The incident was reportedly just one in a series of similar attacks.

On New Year’s Eve, Mariatchi customers were attacked by neo-Nazis from Walhala, a neighbouring club. Though officially listed as a “private card-playing club”, according to Mariatchi owner Radovan Richtárik, it is a pub whose clientele regularly gets drunk and misbehaves, as reported by Sme. Richtárik’s leg was broken in the New Year’s Eve assault.

Though the attackers’ faces are clearly visible in the video footage of the first assault, the police waited until after Sme broke the story to charge the alleged perpetrators.

Source: TASR, Sme

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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