Prague may reopen trial of Czechoslovak Army general convicted in 1947

The Prague attorney's office has proposed reopening trial of former Czechoslovak Army general Jan Syrový, who served as prime minister during the Munich Crisis and was convicted in 1947 of collaborating with the Nazi occupiers.

A lawyer working on behalf of a descendant of Syrový had lobbied for a retrial. In the immediate aftermath of the war, Syrový was arrested and charged with collaboration. He was convicted in a 1947 show trial and sentenced him to 20 years of imprisonment in severe conditions. He was released in 1960 by Antonín Novotný’s amnesty but left with no pension and barred by the communist regime from employment.

Author: Brian Kenety