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Shareholder of Lety pig farm is against transfer to state

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Lety, South Bohemia, Jan 22 (CTK) – The lawyer for a small shareholder of the Agpi firm has filed a lawsuit against the resolution of its general meeting to transfer the pig farm facility, in the place of a former Nazi concentration camp for the Roma, to the state, lawyer Jan Valek told journalists on Monday.

For this, the state is to pay 450 million crowns to the firm.

In the lawsuit filed with the Regional Court in Ceske Budejovice, South Bohemia, Valek said the financial managing of the Agpi board was dubious.

The minority shareholder, Petr Vrba, said he was afraid that the company would embezzle the money, Valek said.

The dispute can last for years, he added.

Earlier in January, it was agreed on that the site of the pig farm facility should be passed to the Museum of Romani Culture in March.

The facility in Lety, south Bohemia, will be converted into a memorial site.

The museum is to discuss the site’s design with experts and the public.

Following international pressure by institutions advocating human rights such as the UN, the Czech state’s plan of two decades to purchase the pig farm from the AGPI firm, its owner, was eventually realised in November last year when it was bought for 450 million crowns.

Under the deal, the pigs are to disappear by the end of February. It was approved by Agpi shareholders last December.

The pig farm facility began to be built in Communist Czechoslovakia in 1972. It contained 13,000 pigs in 13 halls. It occupied an area of 7 hectares.

The camp in Lety was set up in 1938, but its function changed several times. About 1,300 Roma, including children and old people, were interned in it from August 1942 to August 1943.

The people in the camp were forced to work hard in a quarry and the sanitary conditions were poor because the camp was projected for 300 people and was overcrowded. More than 300 Roma people died in the camp, others ended up in the Auschwitz camp and some were released after the camp was demolished in 1943.

According to estimates, the Nazis exterminated 90 percent of Czech Roma.

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