Bratislava, February 23 (TASR) – Head of Zemplin-based crime group Branislav Adamco had his life sentence for the murder of Arpad Nistor and other crimes confirmed by a three-member senate of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, TASR learnt on the same day.
At a public session on Tuesday, held under stringent security measures, the Supreme Court turned down an appeal submitted by Adamco and his three partners in crime against last year’s verdict reached by the Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok. The verdict is thus valid, and there is no further option of appeal. Adamco will serve his sentence in a maximum-security jail. “It was a failure by the state even to allow another appeal,” said the Supreme Court’s senate chair.
On November 9, 2015 Adamco was given a life sentence for the third time. The Specialised Criminal Court had to reopen the case when the Supreme Court annulled a ruling dating from May.
In November 2015, the court didn’t rule whether the defendant was guilty or innocent, as this part of the original decision remained intact and valid following original court proceedings back in 2009. Back then, the court found Adamco guilty of founding, organising and supporting a criminal group, extortion and the murder of Nistor, who was tortured to death. The proceedings resumed in May 2015 and in November 2015 only with the aim of determining the length of the jail sentence.
Adamco is also facing another pending criminal trial at Bratislava I District Court for a double murder committed in Most near Bratislava in 2004. Also accused are Nikola Pajdic, Jozef Balog and Karol Melo, who is currently at large in Belize.