Slovak politicians offended at Belgium dropping costs in Charleroi loss of life case –


The Prosecution Workplace in Charleroi mentioned it could not press costs in opposition to the law enforcement officials answerable for Slovak citizen who died after he was held in custody at Charleroi airport in 2018.

Josez Chovanec was arrested at Charleroi Airport in 2018 after he brought about a disturbance on a airplane on account of take off for Slovakia. He was apprehended by police and video footage emerged of him banging his head in opposition to a wall till it bled and officers forcibly restrained him. In footage that was subsequently leaked, a feminine officer may be seen making a Hitler salute whereas laughing and a male officer seems to hit him repeatedly within the chest for 16 minutes.

Chovanec died in hospital the following day.

“I discover it unacceptable that the Belgian Public Prosecutor’s Workplace has revealed an opinion which doesn’t suggest any legal legal responsibility for the brutal behaviour of law enforcement officials,” mentioned MEP Miriam Lexmann (EPP).

“The Slovak Republic strongly requires a radical investigation of the case and doable accountability,” the International Ministry burdened.

Slovak Justice Minister Viliam Karas (We’re Household) mentioned in a press release that the choice of Belgian prosecutors isn’t ultimate.

Belgian docs discovered the reason for loss of life to be extreme blows to the top as they brought about cerebral edema. The docs additionally concluded that the cardiac arrest was solely triggered by an injection from paramedics who tried to calm him down.

“The Ministry of International Affairs is offering all crucial help within the case. Additional steps within the case can be taken by a coordinated process of all companions concerned,” Slovakia’s Justice Ministry which coordinates with the prosecution on this case mentioned.

Slovakia’s now-former overseas minister Ivan Korčok already expressed disappointment relating to the investigations size, in July 2021.

“We recognise that the executive processes concerned in investigating a case take a while. Nonetheless, after three years, we anticipate concrete outcomes of the investigation into the reason for loss of life and the bringing of doable perpetrators to justice,” he mentioned on the time.

(Michal Hudec |

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