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Kateřina Menzelová|22.02.2012

With Dohnal done for, who will reign supreme at the Czech audit office?

A Prague court this week upheld a suspended prison sentence on Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) head František Dohnal for refusing MPs access to its books, and now he’s out. Politicians — despite public denials — long ago began working to ensure their favorites get on the short list of candidates to replace him; sources tell Czech Position they inlcude the PM’s chief advisor Martin Říman and MP Zdeňka Horníková (both ODS) and Miroslav Vaněk of the ÚZSVM.

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Kateřina Menzelová|20.02.2012

Head of Czech spending watchdog NKÚ dethroned by court ruling

The head of the Czech Republic’s main spending watchdog has finally been brought to book for refusing checks on the housekeeping of his own institution, the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ). A Prague court confirmed an earlier eight-month suspended prison sentence on  František Dohnal, spelling the end of the line for the man who had refused the right of members of parliament to look over its books.

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Kateřina Menzelová|07.06.2011

PPF, CPI and intrigue at the Supreme Audit Office

The agreement between the Czech private equity group PPF controlled by billionaire Petr Kellner and developers CPI about the sale of seven of the real estate group’s companies may well influence negotiations over where the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) will be headquartered. The book value of the Tokovo building, including land, where it now sits is Kč 1.1 billion; many MPs say it’s a steep price to pay.

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Kateřina Menzelová|24.03.2011

NKÚ head faces another criminal complaint

Budgetary Control Committee chairman Vojtěch Filip (KSČM) has filed a criminal complaint against Supreme Audit Office president František Dohnal for his refusal to let MPs audit the office’s books. Police are now investigating the case, but even if the complaint is successful, few expect a resolution. Dohnal’s term expires in 2014, by which time court appeal processes, if filed, will not likely be resolved.

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Tom Jones|21.03.2011

Verdict in trial of chief auditor expected Friday

Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) president František Dohnal stands accused of misusing public funds by renting unjustifiably expensive apartments since taking up the post in 2005. The state prosecution claims that Dohnal has caused material damage to the state amounting to Kč 1.1 million. If found guilty, Dohnal — who claims the case is political — could face up to five years in prison.

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Kateřina Menzelová|27.12.2010

Anti-corruption strategy reaps ‘pathetic’ results

The Czech politicians and authorities have systematically failed to address serious allegations of corruption, Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) vice president Miloslav Kala said in an interview. The solution is not to further analyze the situation but rather to implement anti-corruption policies long under discussion — including extending the NKÚ’s powers, he says.

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Kateřina Menzelová|06.12.2010

Commentary: Will President Klaus dismiss the ‘Supreme Auditor’?

The nine-year mandate of František Dohnal ends in 2014, but some MPs are keen to see the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) chief forced out of office due to his controversial decisions — and alleged breach of the public trust over perks like luxury apartments and cars. But unless convicted of a crime, he can’t be removed without the okay from Czech President Václav Klaus.

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Kateřina Menzelová|06.12.2010

Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) chief happy in Holešovice, MPs question leasing deal

NKÚ president František Dohnal is locked in battle with members of a parliamentary auditing committee over whether to extend an exisiting lease or find a new home for the Supreme Audit Office. Dohnal was already persona non grata among MPs for having barred them accesss to NKÚ’s books — and due to his allegedly improper use of luxury flats and cars at taxpayer expense.

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