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May 13, 1987

A judge in Czechoslovakia rejected appeals by five leaders of the banned Jazz Section cultural group and confirmed their sentences as more than 100 supporters clapped and chanted outside the courtroom in Prague. The five were arrested in September and sentenced at a March trial on charges of illegal economic activity for defying a 1984 ban on the Jazz Section, which promoted modern music and published uncensored literature. Judge Stanislava Pichova confirmed sentences of 16 months for Karel Srp, leader of the group, and 10 months for his deputy, Vladimir Kouril. The three other defendants had received suspended sentences of eight to 10 months.

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