Sentences of up to nine years have been handed down in the so-called Promopro affair, in which a company charged excessive sums for audiovisual services provided to the Czech government during it EU presidency at the start of 2009. The stiffest penalty of nine years was handed down to one of the Promopro company bosses, Jaroslav Veselý, with one of the firm’s main sub-contractors getting the same sentence. They were found guilty of fraud as well as laundering dirty money. Sentences of not guilty were delivered on three government officials involved in organized the EU presidency. The sentences can still be appealed.
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