Libertas should be run out of politics. Among Ganleys corrupt pals were and are Ted Stevens and Liam Lawlor.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009JAMIE SMYTH in Brussels
CZECH REPUBLIC: LIBERTAS’S CAMPAIGN in the Czech Republic has suffered a setback following the conviction of one of its candidates for tax evasion.
The Prague High Court has confirmed a two-year suspended sentence with four years probation for sitting MEP Vladimir Zelezny, who is second on Libertas’s list of candidates. The conviction relates to the non-payment of VAT to the Czech authorities by Zelezny on the import of paintings by Emil Filla, Andrej Nemes and Alfred Justitz The Prague court confirmed the ruling of a lower court in the case on Monday, although it cancelled a five-million-crown fine handed down in an earlier ruling.
In a statement to The Irish Times last night, Libertas said that Zelezny would today tender his resignation as a Libertas candidate for the European Parliament elections to the council of the Libertas party in the Czech Republic.
Zelezny is a controversial figure in Czech politics and was founder of the country’s first commercial TV station in the early 1990s. He has been embroiled in multiple legal actions for 11 years in cases involving tax evasion and the sale of the TV station. He could not be contacted yesterday for comment.