President grants pardon over internet auction of hip joint

President Václav Klaus has granted a pardon to a man who was being investigated for trying to sell what he said was one of the president’s hip joints by internet auction. The accused, doctor of law Přemysl Donát, set a starting price of CZK 35,000 (just over USD 2,000) for a joint he said had been removed from the president’s body during a hip replacement operation in June. Police began a fraud investigation after the president’s office said the joint was not Mr Klaus’s. But the president has now pardoned the man, so as to bring what a spokesman called an “undignified game” to an end.

Author: Ian Willoughby