Criminal complaint filed against PM over countersignature of controversial amnesty

A group surrounding wealthy businessman Karel Janeček have filed a criminal complaint against the Czech prime minister, Petr Nečas, for countersigning a controversial amnesty declared by former president Václav Klaus at the start of the year. Mr. Janeček had previously called on members of the Senate to file a treason complaint against President Klaus at the Constitutional Court in connection with the amnesty, which they did a few days before he stepped down a fortnight ago. Responding to the latest move, Mr. Nečas said filing criminal complaints was becoming the Czech national sport. The most controversial aspect of the presidential amnesty saw some cases involving alleged large-scale corruption halted.

Author: Ian Willoughby