published: 05.03.2013, 14:03 | updated: 05.03.2013 14:18:48
Brno - The Czech Republic, represented by the Interior Ministry, must pay one million crowns as damages to the son of a Vietnamese man who died after a brutal police raid in January 2009, judge Jan Sedlacek today.
The boy, aged 18, claimed 50 million crowns.
The killed foreigner's mother also claims the sum. The trial will continue in mid-April.
The boy is likely to appeal the verdict.
Sedlacek said the Czech legal order did not know the notion of exemplary punishment. As the lawyer representing the victim's son claimed 50 million crowns as damages for the crime, he, in fact, demanded this, he added.
Sedlacek said the court could not comply with the claim and was forced to substantially lower the damages.
The benchmark sum of 240,000 crowns served for the quantification of the damages, Sedlacek said, adding that it was usually paid for causing someone's death in the Czech Republic.
"I have substantially increased the sum. The first reason was that before his death, the foreigner suffered cruel agony. The second was the fact that the boy lost his father at the age of only 14 years," Sedlacek said.
($1 = 19.727 crowns)
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