MP Pekárek to report to prison

MP Roman Pekárek is to report to prison within five days, to begin serving a five-year sentence for corruption and abuse of office. Mr. Pekárek on Monday confirmed receiving a court order and said he would not try to evade his responsibility. The lower house deputy was found guilty of accepting a one million crown bribe for selling municipal land to a businessman under price. He has resigned his membership in the Civic Democratic Party but has refused to give up his seat in the lower house. Under Czech law there is no way of forcing him to do so.