Schwarzenberg relative fails in restitution bid

02-09-2008

Alžběta Pezoldová, step-sister to Czech foreign minister Karel Schwarzenberg has failed in her bid to have the Czech state award her possession of a castle in Hluboké nad Vltavou. The Czech Republic’s High Court made the ruling back in July, although it was only made available to the wider public on Tuesday. The castle once belonged to the powerful Schwarzenberg clan, but eventually fell into state ownership. Alžběta Pezoldová, who currently resides in Zimbabwe, has several other restitution cases pending in the Czech Republic, while a number of other restitution claims have also been rejected by the Czech courts.