Amnesty authorship dispute ends with court settlement

A court dispute over the authorship of ex-president Václav Klaus’ controversial 2013 amnesty has ended with a settlement. Lawyer Pavel Hasenkopf, who filed a law suit against the Office of the President for claiming that he was one of the authors of the amnesty, on Monday agreed to a formal apology. He also withdrew his demand for financial compensation. Prague’s Municipal Court ruled that the text denying Mr Hasenkopf’s authorship has to be published on the website of the Office of the President as well as by the CTK news agency. The amnesty which Václav Klaus declared at the end of his second term in office saw the release of over 111,000 prisoners and halted the prosecution of a number of high-profile cases of large-scale corruption and financial fraud.