Life sentences for methanol poisoning confirmed

A court in Olomouc has confirmed life sentences given to two defendants in the so-called methanol affair. The original sentences on two members of the Zlín branch who were found guilty of mixing the alcoholic cocktail that killed at least 47 people were confirmed on Wednesday. The original sentences on Rudolf Fian and Tomáš Křepela were handed out last May. An appeal by seven others in the affair was allowed in January and a regional court will have to hear the evidence again. Deadly methanol was mixed with bootleg liquor by a far reaching network which was uncovered when the first deaths occurred in 2012.

Author: Chris Johnstone