State attorney asks for extraordinary sentences in arson attack case

05-10-2010

Three of the four suspects who are on trial for an arson attack against a Roma family that left a two-year-old fighting for her life face extraordinary sentences. In her closing speech the state attorney on the case on Tuesday proposed sentences of 15 to 25 years for what she said was clearly premeditated, racially-motivated attempted murder. The fourth member of the group –the only one who admitted to the crime in court and expressed regret over his actions – faces up to 15 years in prison. Verdicts in the case are expected within a fortnight.

The Molotov cocktail attack on the home of a Romany family in April of last year left three people badly injured, including a two-year old girl who suffered third-degree burns to 80% of her body. The attack met with widespread condemnation and received international media publicity as shocking evidence of the racial intolerance Roma face in the Czech Republic.