Senators to file complaint with Constitutional Court over amnesty
A group of senators across the political spectrum is preparing a legal complaint to the country’s Constitutional Court challenging part of the amnesty declared by outgoing President Václav Klaus. The amnesty has already seen the release of thousands jailed for minor crimes, but is also expected to halt major corruption and embezzlement cases. The legal team behind the complaint says the amnesty tramples on the rights of victims.
The prime minister, who had to counter-sign the amnesty, has also caught some of the blame, even from within his own cabinet where only the justice minister was informed ahead of time. Coalition member the Liberal Democrats, led by Deputy Prime Minister Karolína Peake, is asking for an explanation when the cabinet meets this week:
“I think it is perfectly in order to discuss with both the prime minister, as well as the justice minister, details of negotiations that were held with the president’s office over the scope of the amnesty.”
“Individuals who were affected, who lost property in some of these cases, will never be able to see it returned.”
Roughly 50 cases, such as the famous H-System in which clients bought homes that were subsequently never completed or built, could be affected by the amnesty. Many cases date back to when Václav Klaus, then prime minister, spearheaded the transformation from a centralised to a market economy. The opposition has accused the president of sweeping corruption cases relating to the privatization process from that period under the rug.