IVO: Most Citizens Concerned over Unsettled Murder of Daniel Tupy

Source: SITA, August 7, 2009

The fact that the police have not yet closed Daniel Tupy murder case and failed to find his murderer(s) four years after the crime happened is a reason for concern for 66 percent of Slovakia’s inhabitants. The Institute of Public Affairs surveyed 1,017 adults on the topic from July 1 to July 8. In contrast, 20 percent of those polled said they are not concerned over the case. Eight percent of respondents did not register the problem while six percent were unable to take a stance on it.

IVO’s Zora Butorova said that majority of people living in Slovakia regardless of sex, age, education and nationality are concerned that the police are unable to examine the murder and punish the murderers. Most partisans of all political parties feel concerns over Daniel Tupy murder case. Concerns, however are highest among supporters of the SDKU-DS (80 percent), and Smer-SD (72 percent). In contrast, partisans of the SNS (53 percent) and the LS-HZDS (55 percent) are least concerned about the case.

The police said they would continue to collect evidence against the accused in the case of murdered student Daniel Tupy, whom the court acquitted mid-June. Interior Minister Robert Kalinak announced that the investigation had advanced and the police have new information. “In my view the murder has been clarified. The current task is to prove the guilt of the offenders,” The minister did not rule out a new trial if more witnesses are found. There were more persons present at the site during the murder but the police do not know their identities. The murder of student Daniel Tupy from November 2005 in Bratislava shocked the nation. A group of young men with shaved heads attacked long-haired university students in the night in a park on the Danube River bank in Bratislava and the yet unknown perpetrator killed Daniel.

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