Criminal case on 2014 Vrbětice ammunition warehouses explosions can be stopped, - official

Source : 112 Ukraine

The criminal case can be postponed if the suspects are not questioned
17:01, 5 May 2021


Supreme State Attorney of the Czech Republic Pavel Zeman does not exclude the possibility of the stop of the criminal case on the explosions in Vrbětice in 2014. The Czech authorities alleged the involvement of two Russians in the incident as Ceske noviny reported.

“From the very beginning, I state that there is only one investigative lead and it cannot be excluded that the criminal proceeding will end with postponing of the case. If we do not hear both suspects and do not provide their presence,” the state attorney stated.

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According to Zeman, he suspects that Foreign Minister Jan Hamáček would like to stop or end the case on explosions in Vrbětice.

It is also reported that Hamáček had to come to Moscow to exchange the information tied with the attacks on ammunition warehouse with the Russian officials. However, the visit was canceled.

Related: Hungary not to expel Russian diplomats over Czech spy scandal

On April 17, PM of Czechia Andrej Babiš stated about evidence that the officers of the Russian GRU involved in the explosions in Vrbětice.

Due to this, the Czech Police put on the wanted list two Russian citizens Aleksandr Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov known as suspects in the case of Skripal’s poisoning in the UK.

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On April 17, 18 Russian diplomats were expelled from the Czech Republic.

In its turn, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the decision of the Czech authorities to expel 18 diplomats from the country a "trick”. Later, the Russian Foreign Ministry decided to expel 20 Czech diplomats from Moscow.


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