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Judges differ on decision to examine presidential amnesty

ČTK |
26 February 2013

Brno/Prague, Feb 25 (CTK) - Judges of the Constitutional Court (US) differ on whether they can re-examine President Vaclav Klaus' New Year amnesty, US chairman Pavel Rychetsky told the public broadcaster Czech Television (CT) yesterday.

If the view prevailed among them that the US cannot do it, it will reject the complaint over lack of powers, Rychetsky said.

The extent of the amnesty has caused a public outcry. It pardons some prisoners as well as people given suspended sentences and halts criminal prosecution that continued for at least eight years and the punishment does not carry more than ten years. This covers some closely-watched corruption and fraud cases.

"If a majority of US members are of the view that the US does not have the power to re-examine the decision, we will not deal with it," Rychetsky said.

"The proposal will be rejected for the reasons that could be called procedural, for lack of powers," he added.

A group of senators have lodged a complaint about the amnesty with the US. It focuses on its most criticised part that halts protracted criminal proceedings.

Rychetsky said the decision on the amnesty could be made relatively soon.

As soon as the US plenum meets, the vote should be taken, he added.

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