Tyden.cz: police investigating second suspicious presidential pardon

21-02-2012

Czech detectives are looking into a second reprieve granted by President Václav Klaus under dubious circumstances, according to the news website Tyden.cz. Citing anonymous sources, the website writes that Mr Klaus suspended the five-year prison sentence of businessman Tomáš Malina, who was convicted of fraud worth hundreds of millions of crowns. The reprieve was reportedly based on Mr Malina’s medical condition, however the prison service says his health is good and that he should begin serving his sentence. The article goes on to say that two anonymous pieces of information provided to the state attorney´s office show that Mr Malina manipulated health reports and paid to arrange the reprieve via a friend of Mr Klaus, Václav Petr. Last week it emerged that a woman convicted of corruption and pardoned by the president had been in contact with his wife, Livia, on a regular basis.