The family of Brice Taton, a 28-year-old French football fan who was beaten to death in central Belgrade in September 2009, has filed a lawsuit with the Higher Court in Belgrade, seeking EUR 300,000 from Serbia for the mental anguish they suffered.
Interior minister Ivica Dacic said that the lawsuit is groundless, noting that the ministry cannot be held responsible for Taton's death, given that it can only take security measures to protect fans from abroad who announce their attendance at matches.
In January, the Higher Court in Belgrade handed out prison sentences ranging from 12 to 35 years in prison to all 15 defendants who were trialed on suspicion of brutally beating and causing the death of Taton. The sentences were then dramatically reduced by the Appeals Court to between four and fifteen years. One man, who got an eight-month suspended sentence for hiding one of the perpetrators following the crime, had his sentence confirmed by the Appeals Court.
Taton was attacked in downtown Belgrade by a group of hooligans armed with iron bars on September 17, 2009. He died in hospital 12 days later.
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