Silence over Roma death in Revúca

Six weeks after the death of Karol Sendrei, an ethnic Roma, in the east Slovak town of Revúca, investigations carried out by local regional authorities have revealed no new information on the case.

Fifty-one year-old Sendrei was allegedly beaten to death by police after a feud with the town mayor boiled over into violence.

Head of the investigation, Banská Bystrica Chief Investigator Ján Krankúš, said: "We have some new information. But I cannot comment on it". Doctors at the hospital who treated Sendrei before he spent 12 hours in police custody have also refused comment. The original hospital report showed Sendrei and his two sons suffering from light wounds after their conflict with the mayor; a later autopsy done after the Roma had spent a night chained to a steel bar in a police station stated that Sendrei had died from massive internal injuries including skull and jaw fractures, punctured lungs, broken ribs and a ruptured liver.

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