Roma leaders lodge criminal complaint against SPD politicians over Lety comments

Criminal complaints have been lodged against two Czech politicians from the anti-Islam, anti-immigrant, and anti-EU party, Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD), over their comments about a Nazi operated Roma camp during WW2.

The complaints have been lodged by the Chairman of the Committee for Compensation for the Roma Holocaust, Čeněk Růžička. The complaints claim that the two party members publicly denied the extermination of Roma during the war. Around a dozen Roma survivors of the camp at Lety are also seeking damages.

SPD leader Tomio Okamura later apologised for his comments that there was no fence around the camp and that inmates could move around freely. Hundreds of Roma died from disease and conditions at the Czech camp. Many others were sent on to the gas chambers at Auschwitz.