Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic concerning a case of Roma boys, who were ill-treated at the police station in Košice
In its decision of 24 May 2023, the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic ruled on the violation of the rights of Roma boys who faced police violence at the police station in Košice in 2009. The Constitutional Court upheld the constitutional complaint filed by them in 2021 by finding a violation of the complainants’ right to protection against torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and their discrimination. It also quashed the acquittals of the general courts of the accused police officers and remitted the case back to the Košice II District Court for further proceedings. The Constitutional Court’s ruling in this case was preceded by a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled in February 2023 that the rights of the aggrieved boys had been violated.