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Zelezny loses tax evasion case

Politician is former TV Nova boss

PRAGUE — Vladimir Zelezny, the former chief exec of Czech web TV Nova, has been fined 5 million crowns ($243,740) and handed a suspended two-year sentence for tax evasion.

Now serving as a Czech deputy in the European Parliament, Zelezny was sentenced Monday, following his conviction for failing to pay duties on paintings he and gallery owner George Novotny smuggled into the Czech Republic in 1998. Zelezny is appealing the ruling.

Zelezny wrested control of dominant terrestrial web TV Nova from Bermuda-based Central European Media Enterprises in 1999. He was later ousted and CME regained ownership of TV Nova in 2004.

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