Trial begins of four accused of petrol bomb attack on Romany family’s home

The trial has begun of four men accused of a firebomb attack on a Romany family’s home that left a small child fighting for her life. The four are accused of throwing three petrol bombs into the house in the north Moravian town of Vítkov in April last year. Many people in the Czech Republic were shocked by the attack, which left Natálka Siváková, who is now three, with burns on 80 percent of her body. Her parents were also injured.

The accused, believed to be neo-Nazis, could face 15 years or more in jail if found guilty of multiple charges of attempted racially motivated murder. The trial is expected to last for up to one month.

Author: Ian Willoughby