FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo Czech Republic's President Vaclav Klaus speaks during a joint news conference with his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer, unseen, at the Hofburg

 

              FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo Czech Republic
FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo Czech Republic's President Vaclav Klaus speaks during a joint news conference with his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer, unseen, at the Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria. In 10 years as Czech president, Klaus has been no stranger to controversy, but one of his final acts in power _ a sudden prisoner amnesty _ has backfired so badly he's being accused of treason. His portrait has been torn down in anger in schools and offices across the country in a rapidly-evolving scandal that has cast a shadow over this weekend's presidential election and tainted the post which, while largely ceremonial from the grandeur of Prague Castle, is seen to carry moral weight. It could also swing the outcome of the runoff vote that began Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)