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Kučera, Vladimír

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Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 02/05/2012

Sport has always been political

The head of the Czech Football Association, Miroslav Pelta, has rejected the idea of a political boycott of the Euro 2012 football championships in reaction to the jailing of opposition figure Yulia Tymoshenko, on the grounds that sport must not be held hostage to politics. The liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes does not agree: "Politics and sports cannot be separated. By giving a country the task of organising a major sporting event the international community expresses trust and respect. Organising a European Championship in the world's most popular sport brings huge prestige. Of course that will come as no surprise to Mr. Pelta and others who blather on and on about the independence of sport and politics. ... The sports-politics cocktail doesn't need to be shaken only now; we've already been drinking it for a long time. And by the way, why was Ukraine awarded with Euro 2012? Not because of the fantastic conditions there, but because that's what the politicians wanted."

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 03/03/2010

Stalinist show trial remains unjust

The former Czech prosecutor Ludmila Brožová-Polednová, who helped to bring opposition figures to the gallows in the Stalinist show trial against Milada Horáková in 1950, could be released from prison. She was sentenced to six years' imprisonment in 2008, but now stands to be released by presidential amnesty. The liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes comments: "Certainly, many are complaining that the torturers from the time of totalitarianism are abusing democratic rights. 'We wanted justice and all we got was the rule of law', such people say. But the crucial thing is that the prosecutor has been tried and convicted. At least in her case it has been shown that the communist judiciary was guilty of crimes. Whether she leaves prison or not is unimportant. The main thing is that she had to go to jail, if only for a short time. Participation in judicial murder is a crime. An amnesty can't change that."

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