Irish man acquitted of Romani girl's 2008 murder, case unresolved
Irish media have reported that Alan Wilson, a Dublin resident charged with murdering Mariora Rostas, a Romani 18-year-old, in 2008, was found not guilty by a unanimous jury verdict this summer. Wilson's defense attorneys told the jury they were being asked to rely on the evidence of an unreliable witness who had benefited from immunity from prosecution for his own involvement in the matter.
Mariora Rostas was last seen alive begging on Lombard Street in Dublin in January 2008. Her body was found buried in the Wicklow Mountains in 2012; she had been shot four times in the head.
Witness Fergus O'Hanlon told the jury he helped Wilson dispose of Mariora's body. O'Hanlon had been arrested on suspicion of witholding evidence about the crime in 2008; after being arrested in 2011 on a separate matter, he told police he did have information about the Romani girl's disappearance.
According to Irish media reports, Marioara Rostas had only been in Ireland for 18 days when she was abducted and murdered. She had arrived from western Romania in December 2007 to join her family, who were living in an abandoned bungalow on the outskirts of Donabate in northern County Dublin.
Her 15-year-old brother said that on the day in question, they were begging in Dublin when a man pulled up and convinced Mariora to get in his car, giving the brother 10 euro and saying he was taking her to get a McDonald's meal for them both. He never saw his sister again.
During her captivity, Marioara managed to get access to a mobile phone and called another relative in Romania. She told him she had been raped by her captors and read out the letters of a street sign she could partially see from a window.
Her body was eventually buried in a forest and was not found until almost 1 500 days later. Now Alan Wilson has been acquitted of her murder and it is doubtful the case will be reopened.
- Norwegian populists want begging ban, opposition says the law targets Romani people
- Racism in Northern Ireland: 'They called our children monkeys'
- UK: Gang who raped female minors get long sentences
- Ireland: Blonde girl taken away from Romani couple is their biological child
- Attacks against Roma in Northern Ireland continuing
- Ireland deports Roma after stand-off over roundabout
- Romania: 100 Roma demonstrate in Bucharest in front of Russian Embassy with mockup of the tank that Romani Ukrainians captured from the occupiers
- Czech Police seem to prevent Romani refugees from disembarking at station, but say they just informed them there is no accommodation available in the country's second-largest city
- Czech capital takes down two of the four large capacity tents where Romani refugees from Ukraine were being housed
- Czech housing estate now home to 80 Romani refugees from Ukraine, local Romani community aiding them with food
- Czech and Romani activists aid hundreds of Romani refugee Ukrainians with traveling on to countries that are less discriminatory and racist
- In Czech Republic, the Hungarian passports held by some Romani refugees from Ukraine have not proved to be an advantage
- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights: Roma fleeing Ukraine frequently face discrimination and prejudice
- Jihlava, Czech Republic flies the Romani flag in honor of World Roma Day
- Romani Ukrainian refugees leave Czech Republic for Germany, say local teenagers assaulted their children with glass bottles and accommodation manager attacked a little boy
- Civil society members of Czech Govt Roma Council call for solidarity with refugees, 500 Romani children and women have arrived in Czech Republic from Ukraine
- Czechoslovak Romani Union: Aid to those fleeing war is our moral obligation, we reject the rhetoric of refugees "taking our jobs"
- DECEPTIVE HOAX: No, Amazon has not fired 400 workers in Czech Republic because of refugees from Ukraine