The three men accused of attacking an Indian man and a Polish man on Saturday night were released on bail yesterday after being questioned by Wrocław police.
The men were questioned in relation to the incident that occurred at 8.20pm on Saturday at the tram stop that runs parallel to the entrance of the Pl.Dominikański tunnel. It is reported that their bail cost them between 1,500 to 3,000zł each.
Yesterday Radio Wrocław revealed the victim of the attack had explained to them how he was writing an sms at the tram stop when a stranger violently bumped into him. The impact was so strong that he lost grip of his phone, which fell into the tunnel below. He is also quoted as saying the man who hit him was "seeking confrontation".
Eye-witness reports published by local press on Sunday explained how a Polish man stood in defence of the Indian man. He was then reportedly injured during the scuffles that ensued.
Łukasz Dutkowiak of Wrocław police confirmed yesterday that a fight did take place after the Indian man had been insulted. He added that one of the men will almost certainly be charged with insulting an individual on the basis of their national background. The two others will be charged with participating in the attack.
The police who arrived at the scene found that the three aggressors were all heavily drunk. The men were then promptly taken to the city's drunk tank. In addition to that, one of the men was found to be in the possession of several small bags of marijuana. As soon as the men left the alcohol rehabilitation centre yesterday they were taken by the police for questioning.
Writing on Facebook yesterday, Wrocław President Rafał Dutkiewicz expressed his condemnation of the attack as well as his support for the Pole who had defended the Indian man:
"I strongly condemn this act. Human dignity is inviolable. We Poles are also foreigners outside our country and we expect that we will be treated with respect everywhere.The behavior of the three racists on Saturday is worthy of condemnation and is punishable by the court.
I want to express my respect for the witness's attitude at the same time. Bravo for his courage!"
According to Gazeta Wyborcza, the maximum sentence for the man who instigated the attack, known as Wojciech K, is 5 years imprisonment. The same newspaper states the other aggressors could potentially be behind bars for us much as 3 years.
Given the sentences that have been handed out for similar crimes in the past, it is unlikely that the men responsible for the attack on Saturday will receive punishments as harsh as mentioned above. That said, Mariusz Blaszczak, Poland's Interior Minister, stressed yesterday that he was "counting on a strict sentence" when he commented on the incident during a press conference in Szczytno.