Court to begin hearing case of firebomb attack on defence minister's home

Prague's Municipal Court next week will begin hearing the case of Russian student Igor Shevcov, accused of having tried to firebomb the defence minster's residence in Prague. According to the prosecution, Mr Shevcov threw at least four Molotov cocktails, containing numerous chemicals, at the home. Some of the bottles failed to hit their target or to explode. One hit the roof and burst but the flames did not spread far. The police said it had not exploded with "full intensity". Three people were at home at the time of the attack; Minister Martin Stropnický was not. If found guilty, the suspect could face between three to eight years behind bars but the attack could still be re-qualified by the court as a more serious crime, meaning a potentially tougher sentence.

Author: Jan Velinger