published: 24.09.2012, 15:59 | updated: 24.09.2012 16:01:42
Prague - The Czech police have accused two people from the Moravia-Silesia Region of causing general menace in connection with the methanol case, state attorney Roman Kafka said today and added that the people wilfully made a poisonous mixture and sent it into circulation via a distributor.
He said they face 12 to 20 years in prison, or possibly an exceptional sentence, which is up to 30 years.
Police President Martin Cervicek said up to 15,000 litres of dangerous alcohol may be on the Czech market, adding that the police may not find all of it and advised people to be cautious.
The two prosecuted persons worked in companies using methyl alcohol in ¨the production of mixtures for car windscreen washers.
Kafka said that is why they knew very well the consequences of its use.
The men legally bought the chemical from another firm, but consequently abused it.
They allegedly made tonnes of the dangerous mixture in late August and early September and handed it to a distributor from Zlin, south Moravia, who added it to alcohol.
The main distributor was allegedly a 42-year-old man from Ostrava, north Moravia, whom the police questioned in the presence of the state attorney on Friday.
"We have their full avowal, including the description of the deed that happened, including the motivation," Kafka said.
The accused man wanted to solve his financial situation with tainting alcohol, Kafka said.
The other man allegedly supplied him some things necessary for the production and he also took part in it.
He is being prosecuted for assisting in a criminal offence, Kafka said.
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