Two Belgians acquitted in Poland of Auschwitz theft; AFP

Poland – Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945)

Prior to the trial prosecutors said the men risked up to a decade behind bars if found guilty.

A Polish court on Friday acquitted two Belgian citizens who had been accused of stealing parts of an electric fence from the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp, local media reported.

All objects in the former Nazi death camp, including its electric fence, are the property of the state museum at the site in Oswiecim, southern Poland, that is on UNESCO’s protected World Heritage list.

Identified only as 51-year-old Yann P.B. and William H., who is 48, the two men were detained in July 2016 with three porcelain electrical isolators in an area adjacent to the camp grounds.

The men testified that they came across the half-buried isolators as they were taking photographs along the fence perimeter outside the camp, PAP news agency reported.

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