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Czechs to challenge British verdict on a Czech's killing

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017 file pgoto Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic Lubomir Zaoralek speaks during press conference in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Zaoralek said Friday, April 21, 2017 his country cannot accept a court ruling that cleared a Briton charged with the murder of a Czech national living in Britain and is ready to challenge it at the European Court of Human Rights. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017 file pgoto Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic Lubomir Zaoralek speaks during press conference in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Zaoralek said Friday, April 21, 2017 his country cannot accept a court ruling that cleared a Briton charged with the murder of a Czech national living in Britain and is ready to challenge it at the European Court of Human Rights. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek says his country cannot accept the acquittal in Britain of a man charged with murdering a Czech national there, and intends to seek a hearing at the European Court of Human Rights.

Zdenek Makar, 31, died in September after a fight in London involving four Britons. One of them, 29-year-old Raymond Sculley, was acquitted by a jury earlier in this month of charges of murder and manslaughter.

After a consultation with British prosecutors, Zaoralek said Friday he had "no doubt" that the verdict was wrong, and the right to a proper trial was denied.

He says: "Something happened that has to be punished."

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