Appeal negotiations with former members of the StB have begun due to Asanac

Appeal negotiations with former members of the StB have begun due to Asanac
Appeal negotiations with former members of the StB have begun due to Asanac

Prague – The appeal hearing in the case of four former members of the communist State Security (StB) accused of harassing dissidents and forcing them to emigrate during the so-called Asanace event began today at the Prague Municipal Court. The court of first instance imposed suspended sentences on Karl Hájko and Rudolf Peltan. He waived punishment for Zbyňek Dudek and Jiří Šimák, because both had previously received unconditional sentences of 3.5 years in prison for torturing opponents of the communist regime. The defendants and the public prosecutor appealed against the decision.

The Appeals Chamber heard the appeals filed today. The prosecutor proposes to punish Dudek and Šimák with monetary penalties, the four former members of the StB want to cancel the first-instance verdict and acquit them. The court will deliver its verdict on September 20.

According to the indictment, former StB members bullied Vratislav Brabenec, a member of the music group The Plastic People of The Universe, Jaroslav Neduha, singer of the Extempore band, and Jana Převratská and Jiří Chmel. They detained them without reason and repeatedly searched their apartments. All four victims subsequently emigrated from Czechoslovakia in the early 1980s.

The defendants pleaded not guilty at the beginning of the main trial. They said they had not met the victims and that they were doing other work at StB. In addition, all the men stated that they could not participate in the Asanace event because, according to them, the norm was abolished in 1978. Meanwhile, the indictment talks about acts after 1980.

Jaroslav Maryško was originally indicted in the case, but last February he agreed with the public prosecutor on a two-year suspended sentence. The agreement is final.

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