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Four neo-Nazis charged with racially motivated attempted murder over petrol bomb attack on Romany family’s home
14-08-2009 - Ian Willoughby
In April this year many in the Czech Republic were horrified by a petrol bomb attack on a Romany family’s home that left a two-year-old girl fighting for her life. Now, four months later, police in north Moravia have made a major breakthrough in the case, charging four men with racially motivated attempted murder.

The house in Vítkov after the attack, photo: CTK Just before midnight on April 18 three petrol bombs were thrown into a Romany family’s small bungalow in Vítkov, north Moravia. There were nine people in the house at the time and three of them were injured. The worst affected was a two-year-old girl named Natálka, who suffered burns on 80 percent of her body and at one point was close to death.

It appears from a new conference given by police in Ostrava on Friday afternoon that the people who firebombed the house had been planning such an attack for some time, though the particular family they targeted was chosen at random.

Four months after a crime that shocked many in the Czech Republic, the investigation took a major step forward on Wednesday, when police arrested 12 people – nine men and three women – after a series of raids in the north Moravia region.

Charges of racially motivated attempted murder have now been filed against four of the 12, all men in their mid 20s. Police said some of them had confessed and some had expressed regret. Three are accused of directly carrying out the firebombing; the other was their driver. If found guilty they could get 12 to 15 years in jail, or longer if they receive what in Czech law is called an “exceptional” sentence.

All four charged are members of the neo-Nazi movement. Police presented a number of neo-Nazi materials found at their homes – including a swastika flag and racist literature – at Friday’s news conference. One officer said the police operation had been the most successful intervention against far-right extremists ever carried out in the country.

As for two-year-old Natálka, she is said to be showing some signs of improvement. Doctors recently took her out of an artificial coma and her mother told reporters the child was now communicating with her hands and eyes. Nevertheless, Natálka has undergone a series of skin transplants and will require medical treatment for the rest of her life. She may also be psychologically traumatised by the horrific burns she suffered.

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