Psychiatric Testing for Malinova; Persecution or Due Process?
The never-ending and highly controversial case surrounding Hedwiga Malinova Zakova has taken another crooked turn after a public prosecutor motioned to have her tested in a psychiatric unit.
The District Court in Nitra ruled that Hedwiga should not be subjected to such a test, but in the almost vendetta type case, prosecutor Jaroslav Kozolka has appealed the verdict. In the coming days the Regional Court in Nitra will rule over the appeal, with the Attorney General’s office saying the test is in order as Malinova-Zakova had refused earlier to speak to a psychiatrist as ordered by the court.
The case started around six years ago when Malinova (at the time) filed a criminal complaint that she had been beaten by a two men merely for speaking Hungarian. The case was blown out of proportion with interior minister Robert Kalinak contesting her claims as the procedures applied by the police were being put under question. She was then accused of contriving the whole situation and charged with false statement, with the charges still pending.
Now if some psychiatrist gives testimony that the young mother’s mental state is in question, this could support the state’s position in the twisted case. The grounds for the latest examination is that two psychiatrists judged Malinova to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in the wake of the attack, even though little else could be expected accounting for the events that had allegedly taken place.
Hedwiga Malinova-Zakova has since got married, had a child and published a book on the case, and in September 2011 Slovakia agreed before the European Court of Human Rights to extend an official apology to her in return for her recalling her lawsuit in Strasbourg and the waiver of any right to financial compensation. Interior minister Robert Kalinak said apologising to someone who had caused so much trouble for the Slovak Republic was absurd.