Czech Police prosecuting Communist Party ideologue Jan Fojtík for shooting at the borders before 1989

Prague, 8 January 2021 – On Thursday, the Czech Police launched a criminal prosecution of Jan Fojtík, a former member of the presidency of the Central Committee of the Communist Party. The 92-year-old man is accused of abusing the authority of an official, which he allegedly committed by co-causing the death and injury of several people on the Czechoslovak border as a leading party ideologue.

Fojtík’s prosecution is related to an earlier accusation of three former top representatives of the Communist regime, Miloš Jakes, Lubomír Štrougal and Vratislav Vajnar. The prosecutor announced that their prosecution would be stopped last year.

The case was initiated by the Platform’s criminal complaint in 2017.

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