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MfD: Court acquits 13 suspected of attack on Roma

ČTK |
12 December 2012

Hradec Kralove, East Bohemia, Dec 11 (CTK) - Thirteen Czech ultra-right extremists suspected of attacking three Romanies have been definitely acquitted by the appeals court, which said it was impossible to prove who of them committed the crime, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes yesterday.

The appeals court upheld the lower-level court's acquittal verdict, which was appealed by the state attorney, MfD's east Bohemian supplement writes, citing the appeals court spokeswoman.

The suspects attended a demonstration of the ultra-right Workers' Party of Social Justice (DSSS) in Novy Bydzov, east Bohemia, last year.

After the demonstration, they attacked a trio of Romanies whom they beat in their faces and kicked them, the state attorney said.

One of the victims suffered a head injury and lost consciousness.

Citing the judges, MfD writes that the police failed to gather enough evidence and made mistakes when questioning witnesses.

Some suspects asserted that the Romanies attacked them first, while others said they could not remember anything, or refused to testify or said they appeared on the site of the incident by sheer coincidence.

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