PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Jozef Lenart, a former Czechoslovak prime minister cleared of treason charges for his alleged role in the 1968 Soviet-led invasion that crushed the country's democratic movement, has died. He was 80.
Mr. Lenart died early Wednesday in a Prague hospital after heart surgery, the daily Lidove Noviny reported yesterday.
After the 1989 collapse of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia, Mr. Lenart was charged with treason for allegedly having tried to establish a legal basis for the 1968 Russian-led invasion that squelched a popular anticommunism uprising known as the Prague Spring.
He was acquitted in September 2002.
Mr. Lenart, who served as prime minister of Czechoslovakia from 1963 to 1968 and headed the Slovak Communist Party until 1988, was a Slovak national who acquired Czech citizenship after Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993.