Krakow, Poland - Sentence Without Trial for Auschwitz Sign Thieves
Krakow, Poland - Three of the five suspects involved in the theft of the “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign have to reckon with prison sentences of up to 36 months.
According to Boguslawa Marcinkowska, spokesperson of the Prosecutor’s Office in Krakow, the three thieves accused of stealing and damaging the sign confessed to the crime and are willing to accept the prison terms as suggested by the prosecution. The definite sentence, ranging from 18 to 36 months, remains to be determined. Handled that way, however, the case could be settled without a trial.
The two other suspects allegedly involved in the theft are still under investigation. The Swedish buyer, arrested last February, is still being held in custody and awaiting extradition.
The sign “Arbeit Macht Frei,” or “work makes one free” an admonishing symbol of the former Nazi death camp in Auschwitz had been stolen in mid-December 2009, but was recovered three days after the theft. The men told police they stole it to sell to a neo-Nazi leader in Sweden. That man is in jail and awaiting extradition to Poland, the report said.
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