Lands Office refuses to return property to abbey as part of restitution process


The State Lands Office has refused to hand over property previously owned by a Benedictine abbey as part of the church restitution process. In a news release, the agency said that the Abbey of St. Wenceslas in Broumov, East Bohemia had forfeited 500 parcels of land and three buildings prior to the communist takeover in February 1948 and therefore had no right to its return. Assets valued at CZK 75 billion are being handed back to churches under a restitution law passed in 2012; they will also receive CZK 60 billion in lieu of properties not being returned.