Senate questions PM’s role in controversial amnesty

14-03-2013

Senate Chairman Milan Štěch has asked Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman to check if the prime minister did not break the law by counter-signing the controversial amnesty declared by the former president Vaclav Klaus without consulting the entire cabinet. The controversial amnesty led the Senate to file charges of treason against the former president at the Constitutional Court on the grounds that he had overstepped his mandate. The Senate chair points out that according to the Czech Constitution it is the government which is ultimately responsible for the declared amnesty and the prime minister may be guilty of abuse of office for co-signing the document without question.