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Czech trial of incident that sparked anti-Romani unrest to resume 7 March

Ústí nad Labem, 22.2.2014 19:34, (ROMEA)
The main hearing in the case of a 2013 attack in Duchcov (Teplice district) began on 18 February 2014 at a trial before the Regional Court in Ústí nad Labem. The indictment charges five people (some shown in the courtroom here), including one juvenile. (PHOTO: ČTK)
The main hearing in the case of a 2013 attack in Duchcov (Teplice district) began on 18 February 2014 at a trial before the Regional Court in Ústí nad Labem. The indictment charges five people (some shown in the courtroom here), including one juvenile. (PHOTO: ČTK)

Markéta Morkusová, spokesperson for the Regional Court in Ústí nad Labem, has informed the Czech News Agency that the main hearing in the trial of a brutal assault committed in Duchcov (Teplice district) last year has been postponed. The indictment charges five people with perpetrating the attack, one of whom is a juvenile.

Judges will reconvene to hear the case on 7 March. The hearing is closed to the public.

“The parties have proposed the introduction of more evidence, so the court has postponed the hearing. When it resumes, further introduction of evidence will take place and concluding arguments should be made,” Morkusová told the Czech News Agency.

During the past four days of the main hearing, testimony was given by court experts, the defendants, eyewitnesses and the victims. The case concerns incidents that took place in the early morning hours of 18 May 2013.

According to court papers, the juvenile assailant provoked a conflict with a married couple on Bratří Čapků Street in Duchcov. The state attorney’s indictment states that subsequent to the incident, “The female victim has developed post-traumatic stress disorder with symptoms of agoraphobia and panic disorder.”

The indictment does not include racial motivation in the charges, but Klára Kalibová, attorney for the victimized couple, stated previously that she believes this was a case of racism. Her clients are seeking compensation from the court.

The indictment charges the attackers with committing grievous bodily harm (some only with attempted GBH), with rioting, and the juvenile also with making criminal threats. The assault sparked anti-Romani unrest in the town, where right-wing extremists organized several demonstrations.

“We do not want the attack against us to be interpreted as an attack by the Roma against whites or to serve as a pretext for hatred and the incitement of racial intolerance. Our perception is that we were assaulted by a group of violent thugs, and such people exist in every nation,” the victimized couple stated in a letter published by news server Romea.cz.

ČTK, ryz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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Duchcov, Násilí, Násilí z nenávisti, Racism, Roma



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