PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia — The leader of the banned Jazz Section cultural group, just released from a 16-month prison sentence, has called for Czechoslovakia's new Communist Party chief, Milos Jakes, to let his group operate legally.
Karel Srp said after his release Friday afternoon that the group should be permitted to regain legal status under the Czechoslovak constitution and to operate in accordance with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki accords.
"We have a great responsibility not just to the Czechoslovak people but to all in the world who support the Helsinki Agreement," said Srp, who lost his job as a publicist with the state recording company because of his activities with the Jazz Section.
Srp, 50, was arrested in September, 1986, and sentenced last March for illegal commercial activity. He was convicted along with four Jazz Section organizers of continuing to publish and sell books and magazines after the Interior Ministry closed the Section, formerly part of the Musicians' Union, in October, 1984.