Health minister: sale of alcohol without proper certification will be classified as a serious crime

26-09-2012

The sale of alcohol without proper certification will, in the future, be classified as a serious crime in the Czech Republic, Health Minister Leoš Heger has said. He made the statement on Wednesday even as the government prepared to discuss the lifting of restrictions on the sale of alcohol 20 percent or stronger. The health minister added that the state would run random checks of venues to ensure the law was respected; he estimated that an average of around ten percent of sellers would come under scrutiny. Mr Heger also expressed hope that the threat of committing a serious crime would have a deterring effect. He equated the selling of tainted or methanol-laced alcohol with premeditated murder.