TOP 09: Amnesty leads to speculation about protection for genuine criminals

Meanwhile, the second largest party in the governing coalition, TOP 09, on Thursday distanced themselves from the president’s amnesty. In a statement, TOP 09 said the matter had not been discussed in advance by the government and that its ministers had no foreknowledge of the move. The party said the extent of the amnesty was unfortunate; it had led to speculation that it was intended to protect genuine criminals rather than pardoning minor crimes.

Author: Ian Willoughby