Lawyer spent more than year and half in custody. Constitutional Court ordered his immediate release

Slovakia deserves at least a bit of shame for this case, the lawyer's attorney said.

Building of the Constitutional Court in KošiceBuilding of the Constitutional Court in Košice (Source: TASR)

The Constitutional Court decided that in the case of the Bratislava-based attorney Martin Ribá, he should be immediately released at large, the Sme daily reported.

Ribár was kept in pretrial custody for 18 months when the court agreed with the prosecutor's reasoning that he could influence witnesses. Neither the police nor the prosecution service specified who those witnesses were.

Several involved people in this case, from the supervising prosecutor to courts, probably made a mistake, but they will bear no consequences. Chair of the Specialised Criminal Court Ján Hrubala said this is out of the question because judges would fear doing their job as a result.

“If an intent to do harm is not proven, a judge's mistake in this or other decisions cannot be a reason for his disciplinary prosecution and definitely not for criminal prosecution,” said Hrubala, as quoted by Sme.

He said that judges only had a different opinion than the Constitutional Court on whether Ribár should stay in custody.

Accused as part of organised group

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

News digest: Delta variant changes conditions for travelling

Vaccinated people will enjoy more freedoms when crossing borders. Registration for Johnson&Johnson vaccine launched. Slovakia’s recovery plan approved.


2 h
Marian Kočner in Supreme Court during the appellate proceeding in the Kuciak murder trial.

A retrial of the Kuciak case could sway people’s trust in the justice system

Slovakia breathes a collective sigh of relief as Kočner is stripped of his not-guilty verdict – for now.


6 h
Illustrative stock photo

Extremely hot weather continues, storms expected

Hydrometeorologists have issued several warnings for the coming days.


10 h
Igor Matovič (l) and Veronika Remišová (r)

Fico grows in popularity, Matovič and Remišová see their support drop

On the other hand, the public's trust in Robert Fico of Smer is rising, according to a recent Focus poll.


9 h