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Former Czech Agent Loses Appeal on Insurance Fraud

The RFE/RL ID card of former Czechoslovak intelligence agent Pavel MinarikThe RFE/RL ID card of former Czechoslovak intelligence agent Pavel Minarik
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The RFE/RL ID card of former Czechoslovak intelligence agent Pavel Minarik
The RFE/RL ID card of former Czechoslovak intelligence agent Pavel Minarik
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The Czech Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by former Czechoslovak intelligence agent Pavel Minarik, who was jailed in 2009 for insurance fraud.

Minarik is serving a four-year sentence for a fraudulent insurance claim tied to a staged truck accident in Ukraine.

From 1972 to 1976, Minarik worked in the Czechoslovak section of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich, which he had successfully infiltrated.

He spied on journalists for the communist regime and, it later emerged, also planned a terrorist attack on the station.

Upon his return to Prague, Minarik was publicly feted by the communist regime.

He became a self-styled businessman after the fall of communism.

Based on reporting by novinky.cz

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