Press: Klaus granted pardons to four linked to crime figures

The Czech president, Vaclav Klaus, granted pardons to four people connected to the late crime boss František Mrázek and the convicted fugitive Tomáš Pitr, Mladá fronta Dnes reported on Wednesday. The newspaper said the four had been convicted on charges of tax evasion and fraud. Mr Klaus’s chancellor Jiri Weigl said the president was unaware of their connection to Mrázek and Pitr. He said it was not possible to tell from pardon requests who the applicant had done business with or was friends with. Poor health was the reason given for three of the pardons, while the fourth was issued so the recipient could look after her children.