Judge faces discipline for releasing suspect who later killed

The judge of court in Ružomberok in northern Slovakia, identified as Miriam P., who did not take into custody the man who in August 2014 murdered two people before killing himself, will face a proceeding before the disciplinary senate.

The judge of court in Ružomberok in northern Slovakia, identified as Miriam P., who did not take into custody the man who in August 2014 murdered two people before killing himself, will face a proceeding before the disciplinary senate.

The trial of Miriam P. has been set for February 23 after new disciplinary panels were formed, Supreme Court spokeswoman Marej Kereš confirmed for the SITA newswire.

The motion was filed by Justice Minister Tomáš Borec who proposes to reduce her salary by 70 percent for one year.

On August 18, the man identified as Ivan Š. (aged 42) killed his former partner, aged 45, and her mother (65) before shooting himself. The General Prosecutor’s Office said that the judge is responsible for him not already being in custody. The supervising prosecutor allegedly informed on the phone that Ivan Š. should be detained; but the Regional Court in Žilina claims there is no record confirming this, and the judge denied having received any warning on the phone.

(Source: SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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