idnes: relatives consider suing for damages over methanol deaths

Relatives of poisoning victims in the recent methanol crisis are considering legal steps, news website idnes reports, either against those who illegally laced alcohol with methyl for profit, or the state. The website cited a woman in the Ostrava region who had already sought legal advice from a local association which has offered to advise relatives of victims even outside of regular working hours. The association expects they will be contacted by others seeking to sue for damages, the daily indicated. State prosecutor Roman Kafka has said that relatives have enough time to file legal complaints, but some, like noted lawyer Klará Samková, advised those seeking damages to not delay. Twenty-eight people died of methanol poisoning between September 14 and October 9, having consumed bootleg liquor that had been laced with deadly wood alcohol.

Author: Jan Velinger