Police shelve Břeclav case

16-07-2012

Czech police have shelved a case in Břeclav, South Moravia, in which a local teenager (who suffered serious injury in a fall) claimed he had been beaten up by Romanies. The boy, who fell off a landing and lost a kidney, admitted to police later that he had made up the story for fear he would be punished at home. The case file will now head to the state prosecutor’s office, where it will be decided whether the minor will himself face legal action. The boy’s original story fuelled marked anti-Roma sentiment in the town and led to hundreds of locals demonstrating in the streets. The mother later apologised for her son’s actions; she also returned funds that had been donated to help the injured boy.