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Author Sentenced To Year in Jail

August 29, 1986

VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ A Czechoslovak appeals court has reduced the jail sentence of Jaroslav Svestka, a forestry worker convicted of subversive activity for writing a satire on life in Czechoslovakia, an emigre source said.

The appeals court in Prague on Thursday reduced Svestka’s sentence to one year after it found procedural shortcomings in the original trial at the district court of Budejovice in April.

Svestka, 42, had been sentenced to two years in jail by the lower court and also sentenced to three years of subsequent ″protective surveillance,″ a penalty dropped by the higher court.

Police intercepted and confiscated excerpts of Svestka’s literary work called ″Orwell’s Year,″ which he sent to a friend in Nuremberg, West Germany, said the source, a Czech emigre. The source spoke on condition of anonymity.

According to the source, Svestka, who will try to emigrate to the West after serving his term, was not immediately jailed after the court session, which was attended by his friends and a U.S. diplomat.

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