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May 21, 2022



Czech Police reject request for a second autopsy of the late Stanislav Tomáš, whose funeral will take place on Saturday, 24 July

15.7.2021 6:10
The remembrance site in Teplice (21 June 2021). (PHOTO:  František Bikár,
The remembrance site in Teplice (21 June 2021). (PHOTO: František Bikár,

The Czech Police have rejected a third request for a new autopsy filed by the attorney for Simona Tomášová, the sister of the late Stanislav Tomáš. The Romani community member died after an intervention against him by police on 19 June 2021 in Teplice, Czech Republic.  

The first two requests were sent by the attorney for the bereaved family to the General Inspection of the Security Forces (GIBS) and the third was sent to the Czech Police. In a common statement made as a press release by the Konexe association and Simona Tomášová, they report that "The rejection of a new autopsy means that the taking of any additional evidence that such a new autopsy might have discovered has been rejected. This has been rejected both by GIBS and the Police. The rejection of a new autopsy may undermine the effectiveness of the investigation into the intervention by the police officers against Stanislav Tomáš. That lack of effectiveness will be raised in another proceeding. Currently the family is waiting for GIBS to express its view of the crime report filed against the Police in this matter. If GIBS does not begin a criminal investigation of the disproportionate intervention by the officers, a complaint will be filed against GIBS by the family."   

According to the press release, the family will not be filing a fourth request for another autopsy and will be burying the late Mr Tomáš. "This does not mean the family will stop pressing for his death to be fully investigated. With the help of their legal representation and others, the family will keep fighting for justice and will seek to defend their interests in court," the press release says. 

"I am inviting everybody who would like to honor the memory of my brother to his funeral on Saturday, 24 July at 10 AM in the Church of Saint John the Baptist on Zámecké náměstí in Teplice," says Simona Tomášová. After she published this information on Facebook earlier today, she was targeted for attack by the followers of David Mezei, who has been broadcasting his attempts to influence her live on Facebook.

ryz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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