Klaus amnesty halts prosecution of over 900 people

Ex-president Vaclav Klaus’ controversial amnesty, declared in January of this year, has so far halted the prosecution of 904 people accused in close to 500 cases, according to the Supreme State Attorney’s Office. The figure is not final since the process of assessing other cases is still underway. The majority of these cases concerned prosecution on suspicion of property crimes, such as fraud and embezzlement followed by bribery, abuse of office and tax evasion. The controversial article also applies to some to high-profile cases of financial fraud and corruption for which the Supreme Court has requested an appellate review.