Israelis sentenced for theft of Auschwitz mementos

June 25, 2011 16:33

WARSAW - An Israeli couple have been given suspended jail sentences for the theft of historic artifacts from the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz, Poland's PAP news agency quoted a prosecutor as saying on Saturday.

"They have voluntarily accepted a two-year suspended jail sentence and agreed to pay a mandatory contribution towards the preservation of monuments," Deputy District Prosecutor Mariusz Slomka said, without specifying the amount.

After all formalities are dealt with, the 60-year-old man and his 57-year-old wife will be free to leave Poland, he said.

The couple had been charged earlier on Saturday with the theft of mementos of particular cultural importance, an offense that carries a maximum 10-year jail sentence.

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