Owner of derelict Ostrava apartment buildings disregards court order


The owner of several devastated apartment buildings on the outskirts of Ostrava has disregarded a court order for him to tear down one of the run-down apartment blocks since it presents a serious health hazard. The deadline for demolition expired on Saturday night. The owner, Oldřich Roztočil, says he will appeal the ruling since an expert assessment he commissioned says the building can still be saved. The case has attracted media attention since the other derelict houses are inhabited by a number of Romani families, who are refusing to move out despite leaking sewage pipes and no running water. They have started effecting minor repairs in the hope of being allowed to stay in their homes.