Constitutional Court to hold public hearing on church restitution law

The Constitutional Court will hold a public hearing on church restitutions on May 29. The court will debate a complaint against the church restitution law filed by the opposition Public Affairs. The legislation has also been attacked by the opposition Social Democrats and the Communist Party on the grounds that it is overly generous and gives churches more property than was actually confiscated by the communist regime after 1948. Under the law Czech churches will get back 75 billion crowns worth of property and another 59 billion crowns in compensation for that which cannot be returned to be paid out by the state over a period of 30 years.