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Five convicted for petrol bomb attack on Roma families
06-02-2002  

Radio Prague, News, February 6th

A court in the eastern city of Ostrava has handed down mostly suspended sentences to five youths convicted of two petrol bomb attacks on Roma families in the town of Krnov. The oldest defendant, Libor Kubela, was sent to prison for three years, while the remaining four - who were under 18 at the time of the attack - received suspended sentences. The attacks took place in February 1996, when the five youths threw petrol bombs through the windows of two houses known to belong to Roma families. One woman was left seriously injured in hospital. The court heard how the youths - one of whom admitted to being a member of a far-right skinhead group - deliberately sought out local Roma. The youths claimed they were merely testing the petrol bombs on vacant houses.




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