Prague - Czech businessman Tomas Pitr need not go to prison as the court today remitted the rest of his four-year jail punishment, after he served a part of it in the past, his defence lawyer Jan Krivanek told CTK.
Odvolací Vrchní soud v Praze 12. prosince o rok snížil kontroverznímu podnikateli Tomáši Pitrovi (na archivním snímku ze 4. června 2012) trest za daňové úniky z roku 1994. Uložil mu čtyřleté vězení, součástí trestu je také pětiletý zákaz působení ve statutárních orgánech obchodních společností a družstev. ČTK Kamaryt Michal
Earlier today, Czech Television (CT) reported that the court met Pitr´s request for being released from prison on probation.
The release on a four-year probation applies to the cumulated four-year sentence Pitr received for tax evasion in December 1994.
Pitr spent 2.5 years in prison in the past.
As a result of today´s verdict, he need not start serving the rest of the sentence.
"Mr Pitr took over the court´s decision personally. We said we would not appeal it, as did the state attorney. The decision has thus taken effect," Krivanek said.
The High Court previously also banned Pitr from companies´ statutory bodies for five years.
Pitr then told journalists that he does not mind the ban as he also runs business abroad where no ban restricts him.
Pitr, who left the Czech Republic in 2007 and was arrested in Switzerland in 2010, pleaded not guilty of tax evasion. He said the court could not assess the then situation correctly because of frequent changes in the Czech tax legislation.