Three Roma handed jail sentences for racist assault

29-05-2009

Three Romanies were sentenced to four years in prison on Friday for a racially motivated assault on a 35-year-old man. Two of them brutally beat the victim in a town outside Karlovy Vary in western Bohemia in December 2007, repeatedly calling him “a white swine”. The third man, who was a policeman at the time, was convicted of trying to cover up for them and obstructing the investigation of the case. Two of the men appealed the verdict on the spot.

The men faced sentences of up to ten years in prison but the court did not consider the attack to be attempted murder. The victim gave evidence under protection and will be given a new identity.