Yesterday, President of Slovakia Andrej Kiska welcomed Hedvig Malina Zsák to his office and declared that her unfortunate story is an example of the state failing to provide justice.
Kiska posted a video of the meeting on his official Facebook page and wrote:
Unfortunately, the story of Zsák Malina Hedvig is an example of how the state failed to meet one of its fundamental task: to provide justice. After 12 years of investigation, it is difficult to talk about fairness. Especially after Hedvig Malina Zsák had been a target of political attacks for years by the former Minister of Interior and the police.
Kiska also stated that he does not want to act as a judge in the case, but believes that the investigations of similar cases should not be a victim of political disputes; the work of the police should be completely independent of politics. Kiska is adamant that in order to prevent this from happening again, it is important to ensure there are no grounds for suspicion in such cases.
Malina, who was 23-years-old at the time of the incident, was beaten—allegedly due to her ethnicity—by two skinheads in the town of Nyitra (Nitra) in Slovakia in August 2006. She was later accused of perjury and providing false testimony. As we previously reported, the Győr-Moson-Sopron County prosecutor’s office dropped the investigation and criminal proceedings earlier this month in the case initiated by Slovak authorities against Hedvig Malina Zsák for alleged perjury and other crimes.