published: 04.09.2013, 08:59 | updated: 04.09.2013 09:15:06
Prague - Former Czech prime minister Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) did not act beyond his powers when he signed the New Year´s amnesty of then president Vaclav Klaus without consulting the government about it, the Prague State Attorney´s Office has ruled, Tyden.cz server writes today.
It upheld the previous decision by a district state attorney´s office.
The investigation into Necas´s act was initiated by Senate chairman Milan Stech (Social Democrats, CSSD) and Senate constitutional-legal committee head Miroslav Antl (for CSSD) who turned to the state attorney´s office.
The attorney rejected their complaint arguing that "the law does not strictly order the prime minister to discuss the matters of this content with the government."
"The state attorney has examined the case and concluded that the decision by the district state attorney´s office was right," Prague State Attorney´s Office spokeswoman Stepanka Zenklova told the server.
Stech and Antl pointed out that the Government Office did not register any communisation with the Presidential Office about the amnesty, and that the government members also admitted they had not debated the issue.
The controversial amnesty, which Klaus declared in January shortly before his term expired, applied to convicts with low suspended or prison sentences and elderly convicts.
Besides, it halted criminal prosecution if it had lasted for more than eight years, and if the maximum prison sentence that could be imposed in such cases did not exceed ten years. This applied to some high-profile corruption and financial fraud cases, which caused a big outcry.
The presidential amnesty set free some 6500 prisoners and pardoned suspended and alternative sentences given to tens of thousands of people.
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