Prague, 18 January 2018. At a meeting held earlier this week in Weiden, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience handed over new evidence to Bavarian prosecutors in the case of the killing of West-German civilian Johann Dick who was shot and killed by Czechoslovak border guards in 1986. The files of the former Czechoslovak secret police were unknown to the Bavarian investigators until now.
Researchers of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience found new evidence in the secret police archives of former Communist Czechoslovakia which might help shed new light on the case of Johann Dick, a retired Bavarian army officer who was shot and killed by Czechoslovak border guards while on a weekend hike in the border region on 18 September 1986. In an attempt to conceal the crime, the border guards dragged the wounded man onto Czechoslovak territory, where he died in hospital.
The Bavarian investigators at the time did not have access to documents about the crime created by the Communist regime’s secret police. They were made accessible to the public by law of the Czech Republic only in 2008.
At a meeting held this week in Weiden, Germany, the Platform handed over the new evidence, with a German translation, to the Bavarian prosecutors.
“The Cooperation of the Platform with the Bavarian state criminal investigation office shows how important the unrestricted access to the files of former Communist security apparatus is. It is not only about scientific research or knowing the truth, but about justice for the victims, too“, says Platform President Dr. Łukasz Kamiński.