No, President Klaus did not pardon his friends

I was invited to a dinner with several classical liberals and conservatives in Brussels. We talked a great deal about politics in various countries and because it was my first appearance at this club, other invitees had quite a few questions regarding the Czech Republic and Czechoslovakia.

At one point, one of the attendees remarked something about President Klaus pardoning his friends. I quickly rejected this outlandish claim and set about explaining what President Klaus’s amnesty was actually about. In the course of my explaining, I realized that there is probably no sensible explanation of President Klaus’s amnesty in English. This is my attempt at clarifying for non-Czech audiences. Continue reading “No, President Klaus did not pardon his friends”