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“We join in the demands that the truth be found”, assured David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament.

Lhe President of the European Parliament, the Italian David Sassoli, opened the plenary session of the assembly on Monday by evoking in a very sparse hemicycle the case of Jozef Chovanec, who rekindles in Europe questions about police violence. The case of the Slovak citizen, who died in February 2018 after a muscular intervention by the Charleroi airport police, has been in the news since a video of police officers controlling him in a cell was published. Among other things, we see in these images a policewoman mimicking a Nazi salute.

“I have received a message from many of you to draw my attention to the case of a Slovak citizen, Jozef Chovanec”, said the President of the European Parliament, addressing MEPs present on site or following the debates remotely, via the internet. “I would like to express, also on your behalf, my solidarity with his family, his relatives, his friends. And I would like to stress once again that human rights and the rule of law are key values ​​of the EU ”.

“We join in the demands that the truth be found” in this affair, he then assured, adding that the European Parliament will follow the developments of the file.

The case is currently, in Belgium, the subject of hearings in committee of the House, among other things to shed light on the knowledge of the facts of the political leaders and police officers of the time, and a judicial investigation is underway in This folder. The federal police have also opened an internal investigation.

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