Two Men Sentenced to Prison for Swastika and Vandalism
PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP) _ Two men were given prison terms for making a swastika out of beer bottles and damaging a historic monument, a newspaper reported Friday.
Jiri Vyskocil, 20, was sentenced to two years and his accomplice, 23-year- old Jan Kubik, was given a one-year term, said the Communist Party newspaper Rude Pravo.
The newspaper said the defendents encircled the swastika, a symbol of Nazi Germany, with flowers taken from the foot of a monument to Jan Hus, a 15th century religious reformer.
They also broke a stone chalice at the monument and pulled down the national flag from a local council building, the newspaper said. The incident occurred in Lodenice, a town 30 miles south of the capital of Prague.
The defendants were drunk at the time, and their sentenced were subject to appeal, Rude Pravo said.