Kraków aquarium investigation – prosecutor drops charges

Prosecutors will not pursue a case against an American who dismantled Kraków’s famous aquarium after being served an eviction notice, saying that the man only damaged his own property.

Nathan Gendreau stripped out the interior of the museum at ul. Sebastiana in June, just before bailiffs were due to move in. Some of the equipment was later found in the grounds of a hostel run by Mr Gendreau.

The owner of the building, Kraków’s museum of natural history, part of the Polish Academy of Sciences, asked the prosecutor to investigate a possible case of criminal damage. However, the prosecutor ruled that Mr Gendreau had not damaged the Academy’s property, and found no evidence that the fish and reptiles left behind had been intentionally abandoned or that they had suffered.

Some parts of the museum re-opened last month.

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