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State prosecutor's home hit by Molotov cocktails

A prosecutor. Photo: Bor Slana/STA

The house of a state prosecutor in the seaside town of Koper was hit by three Molotov cocktails on 25 February in what the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office says appears to have been a planned and organised attack, likely related to her work.

The Supreme State Prosecutor's Office condemned the violent attack in the "strongest terms" in an announcement on 1 March. "Advocating for and ensuring the safety of state prosecutors is a key prerequisite for their independent and professional work," the office said, denouncing any attempts to attack or threaten state prosecutors.

It said an unknown perpetrator threw three bottles with flammable liquid at the house of a state prosecutor working at the Koper District State Prosecutor's Office early in the morning last Sunday.

Some of the flammable liquid hit a neighbour's house and caused a fire, which the prosecutor's family was able to put out as the neighbours were not at home.

The attack on a state prosecutor is an attack on the state prosecution as a whole, acting State Prosecutor General Mirjam Kline said.

She has been in contact with the victim. "She does not feel well but she is determined to remain in office," said Kline, adding that both the victim and the prosecutor's office hope the police will investigate the situation and arrest the perpetrator.

The cause of the attack is not known, with Kline saying the victim did not mention having any challenging cases recently.

Not first such attack

Judges and prosecutors who had been targets of attacks in the past were also not handling any particularly serious cases when the y were assaulted, Kline said.

The attack was also condemned by Prime Minister Robert Golob, the outgoing Justice Minister Dominika Švarc Pipan and the Judges' Association.

While not common, there have been attacks on prosecutors in Slovenia before.

In January 2003 a man knocked a district prosecutor to the ground and kicked her in the face several times during a hearing at a Kranj court.

A suspect attacked a district state prosecutor in Krško with a pen in February 2004 after a judge remanded him in custody for trying to enter the country with a fake passport. He injured him just below the eye.

In March 2018, a Krško prosecutor and his son were attacked at home by a man suffering from a severe psychotic disorder but the attack was unrelated to his work.

A Maribor judge was brutally attacked in front of her home in June 2019. The chief suspect was her ex-partner, but the case was dropped by a court in 2022 due to a lack of evidence.

Last year a man who killed two enforcement agent assistants in February 2022 was sentenced to 30 years in prison.


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