Court frees former officer charged with manslaughter


A court in Hradec Králové has freed a former police officer charged with manslaughter on the grounds that he acted in self-defence. The brawl in which the former officer shot dead a man and seriously injured another with a legally held weapon happened outside a disco in Vysoké Mýto last December. He was off duty at the time and had had several beers. The defence claimed that he only used his gun when one of the men started strangling him.