President will not pardon former communist prosecutor

President Václav Klaus has refused to pardon an 86-year-old former prosecutor who helped send democratic politician Milada Horáková to the gallows in 1950. Ludmila Brožová-Polednová, the last living participant in one of the most notorious show trials of communist Czechoslovakia, was found guilty as an accomplice to murder and sent to six years in prison on September 9 of this year. The request to pardon the former prosecutor in view of her advanced age was submitted by Supreme State Attorney Renata Vesecká. President Klaus said on Tuesday that although it was controversial to send a person of that age to prison for six years a pardon from him would negate an important decision of the Czech judiciary relating to a tragic period of Czech history.