People charged over Vrbětice blasts stand trial

A state prosecutor has proposed 3 to 6.5 year sentences for the five people charged in connection with the devastating series of explosions at the Vrbětice munitions depot last year. Police searching the grounds later found internationally banned anti-personnel land mines in storage, which have been banned since 1997 by the Ottawa Convention. Five people from Excalibur Army and Real Trade, weapons trading companies which stored ammunition at the depot, are now standing trial on charges of violating the law on arms licensing and holding illegal weapons.