Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Court throws out Legia Warsaw hooligan charges

A court has thrown out police evidence against 752 football fans arrested after a September 2008 match in Warsaw.

The police officers involved in the arrests may now face charges themselves, involving acts of violence against detained fans.

The Warsaw Court has quashed a ban on entering stadiums against 179 fans after the match between Legia Warsaw and arch-rivals Polonia. The judges now say that the police officers did not present sufficient evidence against those charged.

A total of 182 complaints were made against the police for over reaching their powers of detention and arrest.

Serious charges, mainly those involving an illegal gathering, have been leveled against just eight fans.