Court strikes down amnesty for Štepánek
The Supreme Court has ruled that a crime suspect who have benefitted from the New Years Amnesty declared on January 1 by then-President Václav Klaus, will stand trial. The defendant, Jiří Štepánek, was caught after nine years spent on the run in the Caribbean; he is charged with fraud connected to the former ownership of an car dealership. His case was reviewed by the Supreme Court at the request of the Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman. The court has struck down amnesty in cases where suspects attempted to avoid justice. In another case, Milan Šenfeld and Martin Čihula face charges of tax evasion.