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Executed political prisoner Horáková commemorated

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Prague, June 27 (CTK) – People commemorated Milada Horakova, the sole woman among political prisoners executed after a framed-up trial by the communists in former Czechoslovakia in the 1950s, on the 65th anniversaey of her death in the Prague-Pankrac prison Saturday.

The event was attended by politicians as well as dozens of former political prisoners some of whom were also imprisoned at Pankrac.

Justice Minister Robert Pelikan (for ANO) said that at present, too, people should not give way to evil.

Ales Kyr, from the Military Service Academy, said the precise place where Horakova was executed behind the old Pankrac prison hospital was not known until 1992. According to available data, 214 people were executed there by 1954.

A preserved piece of the original gallows is kept in the memorial inside the prison.

This morning, people paid tribute to Horakova and other victims of the communist regime at the memorial below the Petrin Hill.

On Friday, Horakova was commemorated at her symbolic grave at Prague-Vysehrad and other places in Prague connected with her.

Horakova was a lawyer who joined the anti-Nazi struggle during World War Two and she was also fighting the communist totalitarian regime that seized power in former Czechoslovakia in 1948.

She was executed for alleged espionage and treason on June 12, 1950, at the age of 48. Along with her, 12 other people were unjustly executed.

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