Ex-MP accused of abusing wife released from custody

FORMER Smer-SD MP Vladimír Jánoš, who faces charges of abusing close and entrusted people, was released from custody by the order of Prievidza District Court issued on March 9, the TASR newswire reported.

Vladimír Jánoš Vladimír Jánoš (Source: TASR)

Jánoš resigned as an MP on March 4 over the scandal involving transcriptions of audio recordings published on the internet on March 3 in which he appears to verbally abuse his wife and issue threats. At the same time he resigned as Smer-SD district chief in Prievidza.

Meanwhile, the lawyer representing his wife Iveta has filed a complaint with the Prosecutor-General’s Office against Jánoš for alleged blackmail, threats and coercion. Police late on March 4 also seized legally held firearms belonging to Jánoš.

Jánoš spent four days in custody before he was released on bail, which was set by the judge at €20,000. He refused to comment on the case.

Ivan Katrinec, the lawyer representing Iveta, respects the decision of the court, even though he disagrees with it.

“We hope that the judge has taken all measures to ensure safety of the wife and daughter,” said Ivan Katrinec,  the lawyer representing Iveta,  as quoted by TASR. “By releasing Vladimír Jánoš from custody, the judge has de facto assumed responsibility over everything Vladimír Jánoš will do in the following weeks.”

General Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár said he disagrees with the decision. Katrinec pointed out that the former MP has threatened his wife since 2005 and the woman fears for her life.

Jánoš has announced that he has filed a criminal complaint concerning slander and the infringement of the sanctity of intimate verbal expression, claiming that “many claims, half-truths and untrue claims” have been published in the media about the case.

 The couple are in the process of divorce.

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