Beaten Roma’s sanity examined

EIGHTEEN MONTHS after the brutal police raid on a Roma settlement in Moldava nad Bodvou, not a single public official has been punished. On the other hand, the Roma beaten during this raid who testified against police officers are to be examined for mental health.

Moldava nad BodvouMoldava nad Bodvou (Source: Sme)

The prosecutor set to examine this case is Jaroslav Kozolka, who also supervised the case of Hedviga Malinová-Žáková and about whom the Sme daily revealed in 2013 that he cooperated as an agent with the military counterintelligence.


In January 2014, six months after the infamous police raid and criticism by Ombudswoman Jana Dubovcová, the prosecution for abuse of powers of a public official, unauthorised entering of a private home, torture and inhumane treatment were launched. So far, nobody has been charged, but instead, Roma who identified one extremely brutal police officer, are to be examined for mental health and moral capability, intellect, character, ability to perceive and remember experiences exactly, and reproduce them.

The lawyer of the Roma involved complained about this step, but the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Prešov answered that the police method is alright, the Denník N daily wrote on February 16, adding that such an examination was also ordered for some police officers. However, it is not known whether policemen face the same questions and tests.  

 

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