The Slovak military paid nearly 40 percent less for Iveco armored vehicles directly from the supplier than its Czech counterpart did in a 2009 deal signed by former defense minister Martin Barták, which was mediated by the companies Praga Export and Omnipol, the daily E15 reported Friday.
A group of influential Czechs – a politician, a lobbyist and several managers from private and a state-controlled firm — spent last weekend together in the United Arab Emirates, the server news Aktuálně.cz reported Wednesday. Czech Position has ascertained more details about the private meeting between ODS deputy Pavel Suchánek, lobbyist Roman Janoušek and ČEZ boss Martin Roman. It could relate indirectly to the draft lottery law.
The Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill that if passed into law would enable criminal charges to be brought against companies. The Czech Republic is one of the last EU countries without such a law, and this allows legal entities to be used as fronts for criminal activities. The bill includes 74 crimes that companies could be held accountable for, and punishments range from fines to liquidation.
The Civic Democrats’ (ODS) Prague branch claims that Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek (TOP 09) acted improperly and apparently illegally by making public information compiled by the ministry’s Financial Analytical Unit (FAÚ), with the assistance of the unit’s director, Milan Cícer, over the ProMoPro case. In a resolution obtained by Czech Position, the ODS branch calls on its party leaders to take decisive action.
The Prague 6, 10 and 13 district administrations placed Kč 590 million with brokerage Key Investments, which is currently under investigation by the Czech National Bank (ČNB). Prague 6, which has placed the most, has been having a hard time getting some of its money back as the brokerage put it in bonds after the city district made it clear that it would want cash. Key Investments now says its is a bad time to cash in on the unregistered bond market.
The governing coalition finds itself in a tight corner with the ‘scandals’ surrounding the Barták, Drobil and Vondra cases, which have all received copious media coverage. The main difference between the three cases, writes Jan Schneider, is in the way the media have reported them — and the fact that only two have thus far prompted police investigations.
Anti-corruption measures announced by the government of Prime Minister Petr Nečas have the support of almost three out of four Czechs, and even more see state and local corruption as problem that needs to be resolved immediately. The most urgent problem is in public procurement, according to a poll by SANEP. Reforms for the police are also widely favored.
Czech rights activist Stanislav Penc has won a civil dispute and staved off a potential Kč 10 million fine for having allegedly processed personal data without the consent of the parties concerned. Penc had criticized the management of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (ÚSTR) for being inactive in exposing some dealings of the Communist-era secret police (StB) and published materials on his own accord.
An overwhelming majority of Czech citizens would like to see the ruling center-right coalition deliver on its promise to allow for presidential elections, according to a SANEP poll. Few respondents, though, have faith that this will be accomplished by 2013, when Václav Klaus ends his second and — as stipulated by the Constitution — final term as president.
The Czech branch of WikiLeaks on Monday (Feb. 21) will make public lists of sponsors of political parties that currently can only legally be inspected in person at the Chamber of Deputies. “The law requires these data be public precisely in order to make political parties’ sponsors clearly identifiable,” PirateLeaks project coordinator Jakub Michálek told Czech Position, justifying the move.