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Czech Republic: Shooter of Romani man now in custody

30.5.2017 7:20
The shooting of a Romani man in Chomutov on 27 May 2017. (COLLAGE:  Romea.cz)
The shooting of a Romani man in Chomutov on 27 May 2017. (COLLAGE: Romea.cz)

A court in the Czech Republic accepted a motion filed by the Regional State Prosecutor in Ústí nad Labem and decided to remand into custody the non-Romani man who has been charged in the case of the shooting death of a Romani man in Chomutov. Police spokesperson Daniel Vítek announced the news yesterday.

The accused shot the 34-year-old Romani man to death in the early morning hours of Saturday, 27 May and has been charged with murder. The motion for him to be remanded into custody was sent to the court yesterday, according to the spokesperson.

"According to the findings of the ongoing investigation, the man (born 1980) heard noise from the street at night, looked out of the window of the apartment building where he was, and saw a van running into parked cars and people standing on the sidewalk," the spokesperson said. "He immediately exited the building carrying his legally licensed firearm, went onto the street and began firing at the vehicle, which was moving past him at exactly that moment. The man (born 1983) who was driving the van was shot several times and suffered serious injuries from which he died at the scene."

Police officers summoned to the scene then, according to the spokesperson, immediately arrested the suspect, who waited for the patrol at the scene of the crime and admitted having fired the weapon. "Subsequently a criminal proceedings was begun in this matter and before noon the criminal prosecution of the arrested man began on charges of aggravated homicide," the police spokesperson said yesterday.

ryz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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