Czech national suspected of serving in foreign army

The police are investigating a man from Brno on suspicion that he served in the armed forces of a foreign state. The man is believed to have fought in the Iraqi army. He has rejected the accusations saying he had only sough employment with a private security agency. Under Czech law serving in the armed forces of a foreign state is illegal and punishable by up to five years in prison. Such incidents are extremely rare. Since the country joined NATO in 1999, no Czech citizen has been tried or convicted of such a crime.