Friday, 18 January 2013

Hey….Let Me Back In!

Czech man steals purses to get back into jail after being given pardon

They say home is where the heart is, but when Pavel Hric won a pardon from jail in the Czech Republic he spent two hours trying to get back inside.
The 42-year-old, of Liberec, stole purses to avoid seeing his family, say police.
His release was part of a country-wide amnesty that was announced on New Year´s Day by Czech president Vaclav Klaus.
As well as Mr Hric, the release of three other prisoners didn’t go to plan.
This was because they weren’t meant to be released at all.
According to newspaper Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD), judges freed the men by accident amid confusion about the amnesty, with head of the union for Judges Tomas Lichovnik saying the pardons were ambiguous.
‘There was little time, judges were under pressure,’ Mr Lichovnik said.
But justice minister Pavel Blazek has denied the accusation.
He added the amnesty and interpretation of it was clear and it was the judges that were at fault for the mistakes.

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