Slovakia To Apologise to Hedviga Malinova
Slovakia has agreed before the European Court of Human Rights to extend an official apology to Hedviga Malinova-Žákova in return for her recalling her lawsuit in Strasbourg and the waiver of any right to financial compensation.
Malinova is suing the Slovak Republic over errors in the investigation into an alleged ethnically-motivated attack on her back in 2006, which prevented her from having a fair process. Her lawyer says he will be happy once the charges of false testimony against Malinova are also dropped.
The charges against Malinova were backed by former interior minister from the Smer-SD party, Robert Kalinak, who rejects the latest development saying it is absurd to apologise to someone whose lies caused big problems for Slovakia. He backed the police’s claim at the time that Malinova had made the attack up.