State attorneys not to deal with presidential amnesty

The Prague 1 state attorneys’ office says it will not deal with criminal complaints regarding the presidential amnesty. A spokesman for the office said on Thursday that according to the constitution the president had acted fully within his powers in declaring the amnesty and neither state attorneys nor the police were in a position to challenge the decision. The broad amnesty declared by President Vaclav Klaus on January 1st, has resulted in the release of over 6,400 prisoners and may pertain to a number of high-profile corruption and embezzlement cases.