Former finance minister freed from jail

Former Czech finance minister Ivo Svoboda was released from prison on Thursday. Mr Svoboda, who served under Social Democrat prime minister Miloš Zeman, had served three years of a five-year term for fraud. His former party colleague Barbora Snopková was convicted alongside him for fraud committed in the running of a pram-making company. She began serving her term before Mr Svoboda and was released in August.