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Communist prosecutor not to be punished

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Prague, Jan 12 (CTK) – Czech courts have definitely halted the prosecution of communist prosecutor Tomas Liptak, 87, for having been involved in the chicanery and banishment of farmers from their homes in 1953 as a prosecutor, the judiciary database has written.
The Prague Municipal Court has turned down a complaint raised by the state attorneys who disagreed with an earlier end of the prosecution.
On this account, the decision has taken effect.
Liptak was a district prosecutor in Kralupy nad Vltavou, central Bohemia.
According to the Office for the Documentation and Investigation of Communist Crimes (UDV), Liptak contributed to illegal forced relocation of several farming families in central Bohemia.
He was a member of the commission that decided on the illegal relocation.
The UDV said earlier since Liptak had not protested against the decision, he breached the law on the prosecutor’s office as he failed to fulfil his duty, causing a damage to a person over political belief.
He could face up to ten years in prison, if found guilty.
Criminal charges against Liptak were levelled only in May 2015, 62 years after the suspected crime was committed.
The charges could be levelled after such a long time because the crimes of communism do not fall under the statute of limitations.
The communist regime was relocating farmers along with their families from 1951 to 1954, moving them mostly to selected farms in areas remote from their homes, where they lived under supervision and could not leave the place. Their property was confiscated by the state.
The number of families that were relocated is estimated at 4,000.
The campaign, aimed to do away with the private farmer status, seriously impaired traditional village communities.

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