Top court to consider complaint against state purchase of Lety site

01-02-2018

The Constitutional Court is to consider a complaint against the approval of the purchase by the state, of the site of a WWII concentration camp for Roma, Lidové noviny reported on Thursday. Bohuslav Sobotka’s then government agreed on the move in August last year. The site at Lety in South Bohemia is now home to a pig farm.

Experts say it is very rare for the Constitutional Court to hear a petition against a government decision. Lawyer Jan Kysela, a constitutional specialist, said it was hard to imagine the complaint succeeding.

The Nazis imprisoned nearly 1,300 Roma at the Lety concentration camp between 1940 and 1943. Over 300, including almost 250 children, died there, while more than 500 more were sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.