Forensic scientist: I can prove Masaryk was pushed
New evidence came to light on Wednesday to support the theory that Czechoslovakia's post-war Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk was murdered by the KGB. Masaryk's body was discovered underneath the window of his second-storey apartment on March 10th, 1948, two weeks after the Communist Party came to power. The official verdict was that he committed suicide, a theory supported by many historians as well as his last secretary. But a forensic scientist specialising in falling bodies says he has conclusive evidence that Masaryk was pushed. Rob Cameron has more.
Exactly how he died has been the source of speculation ever since. The official version offered by the Communist regime was that he committed suicide. That version is still accepted by many, including his last secretary, Antonin Sum. Mr Sum, who is now 83, says Masaryk was depressed and weary at the events unfolding around him - a committed democrat and the son of Czechoslovakia's first president Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, he was forced to watch his country slowly being crushed by Stalin's embrace. He says Jan Masaryk killed himself as a protest against Communist aggression.
The Office for the Documentation and Investigation of the Crimes of Communism says its too early to say whether Mr Straus's forensic work is enough to reopen the case, a case which is more than half a century old. All the evidence will have to be taken into consideration, says the Office, and not just the hypothesis of one man.