It is two years ago today that prominent and highly respected lawyer Ernest Valko was shot in the heart at point blank range in his home near Bratislava, and now interior minister Robert Kalinak says he is sure the case will be resolved, with a common burglary looking set to be hailed as the motive for Valko’s execution.
Former police commissioner Jaroslav Spisiak already pointed to the possibility that Valko’s killing could have been part of a burglary, citing a string of burglaries in the area showing similar traits. SME daily reports how both Valko and his neighbour had been burgled in the months before the murder, for instance. Another argument is that the 9mm murder weapon is also not the kind of gun a hired killer would use.
Several people have since been arrested for organised burglaries, and there are speculations that the killer could be among the accused, or already sitting behind bars as SME daily reports that three of the perpetrators are in jail. No murder charges have been put on anyone yet, though.
Minister Kalinak was brief in his explanation of how the investigation has progressed, while there were calls from the Attorney General’s Office for the media not to publish sensational news from unacknowledged sources and so thwart the investigation into what it referred to as “several suspects”.
Many people accepted automatically that the motive for Valko’s murder was probably linked to his involvement in some important big cases involving big money claims, but more and more it looks like his death will be put down to a mere bungled burglary.