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23. 10. 2013 10:45

Member of the anti-communist resistance and opposition recognised by the Ethics Commission - Otakar Vinklář

The Ethics Commission awarded the Member Certificate of the Anti-Communist Resistance and Opposition to Otakar Vinklář (born 27th December 1930) for his attempt to cross the national borders of Czechoslovakia together with others in a military aircraft in 1953 in order to participate in anti-communist opposition and resistance abroad, by which he fulfilled the characteristics of the form of anti-communist resistance and opposition according to § 3, par. 1 of the Act No. 262/2011 Coll.

In 1951 Otakar Vinklář completed his studies at the military school and served in the rank of second lieutenant as a navigator of the aircraft of the 1st squadron of the 1st airborne transport regiment Prague – Kbely. In 1953 he provably became a member of a group, which intended to cross the national boarded in an aircraft to Germany in order to fight communism abroad. It does not affect this fact that prior to their attempt to cross the border the members of the group were arrested, sentenced to several years in prison, had their property confiscated and their civil rights revoked. Mr. Otakar Vinklář was discharged from the military in 1954, was stripped of his rank and released into reserve.

The Ethics Commission considers proven that Mr. Otakar Vinklář was a member of a group, which systematically planned during the second half of 1983 several attempts to cross the Czechoslovak border and whose members intended to join the anti-communist opposition and resistance and with regard to the above stated it is of the opinion that Mr. Otakar Vinklář by his above listed attitudes and actions fulfilled the form of the anti-communist resistance and opposition stipulated in §3 par. 1 in connection to § 2 b) of the Act No. 262/2011 Coll. and therefore changed the decision of the Ministry so that Mr. Otakar Vinklář shall be awarded the Member Certificate of the Anti-Communist Resistance and Opposition.

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