UPDATED: 5 MAR 2020, AT 11:14

A turning point in the Moldava raid case: Court stopped prosecuting one of the accused Roma

The prosecutor can appeal the decision.

Budulovská settlement of Moldava nad BodvouBudulovská settlement of Moldava nad Bodvou (Source: Sme - Ján Krošlák)

Judge of the Košice district court, Ľuboš Vereš, stopped the criminal prosecution of Leonard Horváth, one of the accused Roma from the Budulovská settlement in Moldava nad Bodvou (Košice Region).

The reason is “a circumstance justifying the halting of the criminal prosecution occurred outside the main trial”, the Denník N daily reported.

The prosecutor can still challenge the judge’s decision.

Horváth was charged with perjury. He was one of six inhabitants of the Budulovská settlement who described the infamous 2013 police raid. Although they were first considered witnesses, the Interior Ministry later brought charges against all of them.

The case has not been closed yet.

As Lýdia Šuchová of the Equity civic association said, the judge accepted several arguments used by the defendants and the Košice Regional Court, which pointed to serious violations of the rights of the accused concerning the language the proceedings were held in.

The court also said that the deed itself was stated incorrectly in the indictment and that the evidence submitted by the prosecutor was indirect and ambiguous, Šuchová added, as reported by the TASR newswire.

Charges against police officers dropped

Back in June 2013, more than 60 police officers raided the Roma settlement of Budulovská in Moldava nad Bodvou. The raid was called Action 100.

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