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Czech Supreme Court says former prime minister can face prosecution on corruption claims
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 31, 2013 1:32 PM EDT
The Czech Supreme Court says that former Prime Minister Petr Necas could face corruption charges, but found that three ex-lawmakers caught up in a linked scandal are legally immune.
Prosecutors allege the three ex-lawmakers agreed to resign from parliament in exchange for lucrative posts in state-run companies promised them by Necas.
The court confirmed Thursday that because the three were lawmakers then, their actions have parliamentary immunity.
But, according to the ruling and spokesman Petr Knotig, Necas can face charges. The premier's position does not have the same immunity as that of a member of parliament.