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Jakl, Hájek real authors of Klaus's amnesty, says Zeman's office head

29 April 2013

Prague, April 27 (CTK) - Former Czech president Vaclav Klaus's assistants Ladislav Jakl and Petr Hajek and lawyer Pavel Hasenkopf were the real authors of the controversial presidential amnesty, Vratislav Mynar, head of the office of President Milos Zeman, told Saturday's issue of daily Pravo.

But Jakl, Hajek and Hasenkopf dismissed Mynar's allegation.

Mynar told the paper that he is glad neither Jakl nor Hajek worked for the Presidential Office anymore.

He said Hasenkopf was still the Presidential Office's lawyer but that the cooperation would probably end.

Mynar told the paper that Jakl, Hajek and Hasenkopf were responsible for Article 2 of the amnesty, its most controversial part.

This article halted criminal proceedings if they lasted for more than eight years, and if the maximum prison sentence that can be imposed in such cases does not exceed ten years. It caused big outcry as it applied to some high-profile corruption and financial fraud cases.

The halted prosecutions include 19 persons accused or charged within criminal cases with the damage caused to the state exceeding 150 million crowns, the Supreme State Attorney's Office said.

Mynar said president Klaus made a gentleman's gesture when he claimed that he was the only author of the broadly criticised amnesty.

Hajek writes on his website in reaction to Mynar's words that Klaus merely discussed the amnesty with him.

Hajek said Jakl and Klaus's office head Jiri Weigl were in the team that Klaus consulted on the amnesty, too.

He added that Hasenkopf was not even in this team.

In reaction to CTK's question, Jakl said Mynar's statement was untrue.

"I feel sorry for President Zeman that he has such so called reporters," Jakl said.

Hasenkopf wrote on Facebook that what Mynar said was a lie.

He said he was considering suing Mynar and possibly also the Presidential Office.

Klaus declared the amnesty on January 1. About 6500 convicts were released from prisons within it. The amnesty also applied to suspended sentences and alternative punishments.

The Senate a high treason complaint against Klaus with the Constitutional Court over the amnesty and other issues. The court rejected the complaint.

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