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Czech police claim success in methanol case

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Sept. 24, 2012, 4:44 p.m. | World — by Associated Press

In this picture taken Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, doctors try to save the life a 65-old-year man poisoned by methyl alcohol (methanol) in the hospital of the Czech town of Pribram, some 60 kilometres southwest of Prague. At least four more people have died in the Czech Republic after drinking bootleg alcohol tainted with toxic methanol, bringing the death toll to seven in the worst such poisoning in three decades, officials said on Tuesday. Police spokeswoman Miluse Zajicova said a 45-year-old man died in a hospital in the eastern town of Prerov, and a 21-year-old woman was found dead in nearby Osek nad Becvou.
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PRAGUE — Czech authorities say they think they have uncovered the source of a methanol poisoning that has killed at least 25 people. 

State prosecutor Roman Kafka says Monday that two persons from the northeastern part of the country are suspected of producing a "brutal blend" of toxic methanol with drinking alcohol, even though they had to know it could seriously damage the life of those who would drink it.

Kafka says money was the key motivation.

Martin Cervicek, the country top police officer, says the investigators believe some 15,000 liters of toxic alcohol have hit the market. Not all of it has been traced.

Cervicek says the investigation continues.

Eighteen people remain in hospital after drinking mostly vodka and rum laced with methanol. 

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