Court overturns verdicts in deadly bootleg spirits case

A court has overturned the verdicts of seven people charged in connection with a bootleg spirits scandal that left over 40 people dead. In a closed session on Tuesday, the Olomouc Supreme Court returned the case to the Zlín District Court. It will hear the case of Tomáše Křepela and Rudolf Fian, given life terms for mixing the illegal booze, on February 4. In September 2012 the sale of all spirits was banned throughout the Czech Republic for over a week following a series of deaths by poisoning.

Author: Ian Willoughby