Fake assistant to former foreign minister receives stiffer sentence

07-04-2006

A Prague court has stiffened an earlier sentence for Lukas Kohout - the young Czech who, several years ago, posed as an assistant to the former Foreign Minister Jan Kavan in order to travel to various exotic destinations on government planes. The latest ruling increases his original 'probation' period from 24 to 28 months. Last year Mr Kohout was handed a two-year-prison sentence; the court ruled he must also repay 470,000 crowns in damages. That is the equivalent of more than 21,000 US dollars.