Two Belgians accused of stealing from Auschwitz acquitted by a court in Poland; Maria Novak; Brussels Times

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

Two Belgians who were accused of trying to take porcelain insulators from the fence surrounding the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz were acquitted by a court in Krakow on Friday.

This was reported by the Polish media agency PAP. The crime is punishable by 10 years in prison.

The two visitors, aged 48 and 51, were arrested in a wood near Auschwitz Museum in July 2016. Unable to explain away their behaviour, they voluntarily offered to serve a one-year suspended prison sentence but the Prosecutor’s office refused the deal. Everything in Auschwitz, including the fence which used to be electrified, now belongs to the Museum. It is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site.

The court decided that the three insulators they found on the ground outside the site were definitely “of historical value”, but did not have “particular cultural value”.

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