Ukrainian teens arrested for Holocaust monument attack


(JTA) — Four youths were arrested in western Ukraine for allegedly vandalizing a Holocaust monument.

The youths were arrested in Kamenets-Podolsky last week, according to the UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union, citing the Forum news Web site.

The youths allegedly gathered ritual stones from nearby gravestones at the Holocaust site and threw them at the monument, damaging it in several places, according to UCSJ. Police detained the suspects two days later and charged them with desecrating gravestones.

The vandalism carries a possible criminal penalty of up to three years in prison, but usually results in nothing more than a fine or suspended sentence, according to UCSJ.

There is no indication that prosecutors plan on bringing hate crimes charges against the suspects.

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