Editor’s note: This is an interesting case of a Czech man who had been attacked by skinheads for his affiliation with Roma people and then settled in Canada as a refugee. He now faces extradition for crimes he confessed to under torture when he was 19.
OTTAWA — Bretislav Zajicek has lived in Canada for 15 years, building a life for himself as a father, husband, and manual labourer. But ghosts from his past could see him sent back to the Czech Republic to face allegations of crimes he says he was forced to confess to when he was 19 years old.
The Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday that it would review a lower courts decision to give Zajicek a new extradition hearing. Originally, Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson opted to surrender Zajicek to the Czech Republic to stand trial on allegations of robbery and property damage.In reviewing the lower court decision, Canadas top court dips its toe into an already complicated and lengthy case involving allegations of police torture.