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Plans afoot to try communist crimes

THE JUSTICE Ministry is considering creating a special team of investigators for the prosecution of communist crimes committed between 1949 and 1989.

The move was proposed by the head of the ministry's department for the documentation of communist crimes, Marián Gula, and officials are currently discussing the proposal.

"It's a plan and so far only verbal discussions have taken place," said Natália Hattalová from the Justice Ministry's press department.

According to Gula, investigation of such cases is complicated, mainly because the perpetrators of the crimes under investigation may already be dead. Therefore investigators often have only archive materials to work with, and the testimony of witnesses who are still alive.

Most of the crimes in question happened in border areas, when people attempted to flee from the communist bloc.

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