Roman Smetana to serve out sentence for defacing political posters
An Olomouc bus driver who was controversially imprisoned for drawing on political posters will have to serve the rest of his sentence, having been denied a presidential pardon. President Klaus said via a spokesman that he did not see a reason for a pardon not based on humanitarian grounds. Roman Smetana became a symbol for various opposition groups in 2011, when he refused to serve 100 hours of community service for ridiculing political figures by defacing their campaign posters. His sentence was thus changed to 100 days in prison of which he served one month, before the Justice Minister filed a compliant in his favour. The Supreme Court rejected that complaint, and Mr Smetana will thus have to complete the remaining 67 days of his sentence.