30 March 2015
Czech trafficking trial halted at Plymouth court over interpreter
The trial of five Czechs accused of trafficking men into Britain has been adjourned after concerns were raised about one of the interpreters.
Two men and three women, members of an extended Roma family, are facing a jury at Plymouth Crown Court for allegedly housing compatriots in their homes for economic exploitation.
But the court was told this afternoon that the case would have to be postponed until tomorrow.
One of the men who was allegedly trafficked, Josef Bukovinsky, is giving evidence from behind a screen.
Judge Paul Darlow said to the jury: “We have very serious concerns as to the quality and fairness of the interpretation we are being offered.
“That complaint has come from a number of different independent sources, in that the interpreter who is interpreting Josef’s evidence is not doing so professionally and fairly. We must have absolutely reliable interpretation.
“The long and the short of it is that another interpreter has to be organised for the witness.”
The panel was sent home until 2pm tomorrow.