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Ministr Lubomír Zaorálek a britský ministr zahraničí Boris Johnson
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Minister Zaorálek Met with the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson over the Killing of a Czech National

 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Lubomír Zaorálek, met with his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, on the margins of the Syrian donor conference on April 5, 2017. Minister Zaorálek told the Foreign Secretary about his serious doubts regarding the British court’s decision to acquit a man charged in the case of the September 2016 violent death in a Czech national.   The Minister briefly stated the reasons for his doubts about the fairness of this outcome of the judicial process and outlined the steps planned by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs will today send to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, through the Czech Embassy in London, a diplomatic note concerning the case. With reference to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the note from the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs will ask the British side to provide all relevant documents regarding the case, including a copy of the indictment and of the judgment. The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs will demand an assurance that the victim’s nationality was not a factor in the court’s decision, and will ask for information on possible remedies available under the law of the United Kingdom.

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs remains in contact with the sister of the dead Czech national and will keep her informed about the results of all further steps that are being taken by Czech diplomacy in connection with her brother’s case.

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