Former Interior Minister Ivan Langer (Civic Democrats, ODS) ordered the outsourcing of the ministry’s laundry services and then awarded the contract to wash police uniforms to an acquaintance, without holding a tender, the server iHNed.cz reported on Tuesday.
Former State Environmental Fund (SFŽP) chief Libor Michálek has revealed to Czech Position in an exclusive interview the mechanisms by which an adviser to Pavel Drobil (Civic Democrats, ODS) — the former Environment Minister who resigned over allegations of corruption — wanted to divert funds to advance Drobil’s career.
Apparently the governing coalition more or less agreed on an anti-corruption strategy on January 5. However, the stratagem thereof is infantile: the agreement is political but in no way technical. Eventually, they will realize that it isn’t technical and it will then be abolished politically.
PirateLeaks is set to make public new documents exposing potentially compromising information about Prague City Hall deals, Jakub Michálek, the local coordinator of the WikiLeaks project tells Czech Position. “We are now processing materials from Prague City Hall,” Michálek said. “The materials we have received are closely linked to previous scandals, such as Opencard.”
Former Prague 5 mayor Milan Jančík was charged on Dec. 4 with abuse of office following an investigation by the anti-corruption police over a deal he made while in office without proper approval. A Transparency International criminal complaint has prompted the police to reopen the investigation. “In my view, it was evidently a scam,” Prague 5 council member Milan Macek told Czech Position.
The public prosecutor has ordered anti-corruption police to investigate whether there was a cover up of, or complicity with alleged corruption in the State Environmental Fund (SFŽP). The corruption affair has already lead to the dismissal of fund chief Libor Michálek and Environment Minister Pavel Drobil’s resignation; now the prime minister and interior minister are under investigation.
In his annual address to the nation, President Klaus expressed support for PM Petr Nečas’ embattled government, despite the corruption scandal with the State Environmental Fund (SFŽP) that forced Environment Minister Pavel Drobil — a close Nečas ally and fellow ODS member — to resign. But Klaus condemned the organized campaign of mass resignations by hospital doctors over pay demands, calling it tantamount to blackmail.
The resignation of the environment minister has unmasked an array of suspicious dealings related to the eco-tender. It’s also increasingly clear Prime Minister Petr Nečas won’t stand up to its proponents — especially the eco-tender “father,” Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek — or muster up the courage to honor his pledge to resign should he fail to quash it.
A Czech Position poll of top managers shows that more than half think that PM Petr Nečas (Civic Democrats, ODS) mishandled the “Drobil affair.” Even many polled who are slightly more forgiving of his actions in the wake of the alleged corruption scandal think Nečas should have acted much faster. Respondents are divided over whether it will be swept under the carpet or cause irreparable damage to the ODS.
The former State Environment Fund (SFŽP) head Libor Michálek had told police of a suspicious tender involving bidders KPMG and Mott MacDonald before the corruption scandal at the Environment Ministry came to light last week.