The Czech president, Václav Klaus, says he did not decide on an amnesty announced on New Year’s Day with any particular cases in mind. Mr. Klaus made the comment in an interview in Mladá fronta Dnes, following growing criticism of one plank of the amnesty under which long-running cases of alleged massive corruption have been dropped. He said that decision was in line with European Union norms against excessively long cases, adding that he would also announce at least one pardon before he steps down in March.
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