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Four charged with attempted murder over attack on Roma family
15-08-2009  Rosie Johnston

Brigita Bilíková, photo: CTK Four Czech far-right extremists have been charged with attempted murder over an arson attack on a Roma family’s home which left a two-year-old girl fighting for her life, prosecutors said on Friday. The four are accused of throwing firebombs in a premeditated attack which led to three members of a Roma family suffering serious burns, prosecutor Brigita Bilíková said. The accused face between 12 and 15 years in prison, she added. The attack on April 19 in the north Moravian town of Vítkov sparked outrage in the Czech Republic and among the Roma community. The two-year-old victim of the attack, Natalka, suffered 80 percent burns and remains in hospital, with doctors saying her condition is still serious. The attack led to Czech government pledges to step up the fight against racism in the Czech Republic.

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