Hit and run businessman may get out of prison on invalid status

Influential businessman Roman Janoušek may avoid serving the remainder of a prison term for hit and run after being ruled to be an invalid by the Regional Court in Brno, Czech Radio reported on Tuesday. The court made a decision to that effect last year on the basis of two expert medical reports that said Mr. Janoušek’s state of health had deteriorated.

The Municipal Court in Prague was to decide on whether to release him from rest of his jail term but that judgement will now be made in Brno, Czech Radio said.

Mr. Janoušek was sentenced to four and a half years following a high profile hit and run incident in 2012. Wiretaps published in the Czech media gave the impression that he had held considerable influence over politicians in the capital.