Czech van­dals are ‘on the run in the UK’

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY LEON SY­MONS

TWO MEN con­victed of steal­ing hun­dreds of bronze plaques from a Holo­caust memo­rial in the Czech Repub­lic are be­lieved to have fled to Bri­tain — but their ex­tra­di­tion is not be­ing sought.

Libor Mirga and Petr Hricko were sen­tenced in ab­sen­tia to four and half years and three and a half years in prison re­spec­tively at a court in Terezin last week.

How­ever a Czech news agency re­ported that the court from which the men had fled had not sought a Euro­pean ex­tra­di­tion war­rant. A Met- ropoli­tan Po­lice spokesman said UK po­lice could not un­der­take any action to find out if the men were here un­less they re­ceived such a war­rant.

Mirga and Hricko and a third man, Miroslav Dano, had been found guilty of steal­ing 824 bronze plaques com­mem­o­rat­ing vic­tims of the Holo­caust who died at Terezin. Dano had been held in cus­tody.

The three men then sold the plaques to a scrap metal dealer. Their ac­tions caused £62,500 worth of dam­age to the memo­rial.

Nearly 220,000 peo­ple were held by the Nazis in Terezin and Lit­o­merice, a sec­ond con­cen­tra­tion camp nearby.

Di­rec­tor of the Terezin Memo­rial Jan Munk ( left) ex­am­ines the dam­age

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