Police to probe Czech communist leader’s condolence to North Korea

Police will probe the Czech communist party chairman’s condolence to North Korean communists on the death of the dictator Kim Jong-il, the daily Právo reported on Wednesday, quoting a police spokeswoman. Czech Justice Minister Jiří Pospíšil said the authorities should determine whether Vojtěch Filip, the head of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia, broke the law by expressing sympathies to the late North Korean leader. In his letter of condolence, Mr Filip said Kim Jong-il sacrificed himself for the well-being of the people of North Korea, adding he believed the North Korean communist party would continue leading the heroic struggle for the defence of socialism. If convicted of breaching the Czech law prohibiting support for totalitarian movements and regimes, the Czech communist leader would face up to three years in jail.