The Slovakian government office published a statement on Wednesday expressing regret over the case of ethnic Hungarian Hedvig Malina, who suffered a beating by two skinheads in 2006 — allegedly due to her ethnicity — and who was later charged with providing false testimony.
The government said some elements of Malina’s case raised doubts over whether her rights stipulated by the European Convention of Human Rights may have been violated.
The Hungarian daily Uj Szo reported on Tuesday that the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg approved the Slovak government’s apology on November 8, 2011.
As a result, the case is now officially closed and neither Malina nor the Slovak authorities can file new proceedings.
Malina was 23 at the time of the incident in 2006. She took her case to the European Court of Human Rights in November 2007.
At the same time, an investigation launched by the Slovak chief prosecutor’s office in May 2007 is still under way on the ground of false testimony. Malina remains a suspect.
Malina’s lawyer said her client’s current situation had become “paradoxical” and added that she could still file a complaint at the committee of ministers at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.