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British teenagers released after Auschwitz theft apology

Two British teenagers have “apologised unreservedly” for “picking up items without thinking” from the former Auschwitz death camp, their Cambridge school says.

The Perse School says the 17-year-old boys “attempted to keep some items which they had found on the ground”.

They were detained at the site on Monday and released with suspended prison sentences on Tuesday.

Polish police said the boys denied any wrongdoing, and were spared a fine.

The teenagers were charged with unlawfully possessing items of special cultural importance, which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence. They were not made to pay a fine because they were not in employment.

The BBC’s Adam Easton in Warsaw said that, as with similar cases in the past, the boys were given suspended prison sentences and released.

“Incidents like this happen about once or twice a year, museum staff said, despite the fact notices warn visitors not to pick anything up.”

via British teenagers released after Auschwitz theft apology – BBC News.

June 23, 2015 Posted by | Auschwitz | Leave a comment

   

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