Police detain suspect charged with desecrating the graves of Holocaust victims

17-04-2008

Police in North Bohemia have detained a man whom they believe desecrated the graves of hundreds of Holocaust victims at the site of the former Nazi concentration camp Terezín last week. The man, who has not been named, is accused of stealing over 300 bronze name plaques from the graves of the Holocaust victims. On Thursday, a spokesperson for the culture ministry said that a suspect had been detained and that the bronze plaques had been recovered. The police were unwilling to give any further details, and declined to say whether charges would be brought against the owner of the scrap yard who bought the plaques from the perpetrator. If found guilty, the man charged could face up to eight years in prison.