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Brian Kenety|07.12.2011

Ex-Czech defense minister Barták says Tatra bribery charges flawed, politicized

Martin Barták, widely presumed to have been charged by anti-corruption police for attempted fraud and bribery in the military’s Kč 2.6 billion order for Tatra all-terrain trucks in 2006, says the charges against him are flawed, trumped up and politicized — and key witnesses like ex-US Amb. William J Cabaniss can’t even recall basic details of the alleged bribery attempt.

HOT TOP|Politics & Policy|Foreign Affairs
Brian Kenety|07.09.2011

Ex-Czech PM Topolánek keeps ‘cool’ over Steyr bribe allegations via WikiLeaks

Ex-Czech PM Mirek Topolánek (ODS) has dismissed allegations in US Embassy in Prague cables — published by WikiLeaks — that his advisor and close friend, lobbyist Marek Dalík, sought an €18 million bribe from US-owned Austrian arms maker Steyr in the Pandur contract. Meanwhile, Kurier reports the ‘first concrete results’ of an Austrian-Czech probe into the deal, agreed under Topolánek, is imminent.

Politics & Policy
Martin Shabu|20.04.2011

Pandurs ‘brutes,’ army wants more APCs

The Czech Republic appears keen to spend billions on new combat and armored personnel vehicles — far more than comparable countries do — although the army already has at its disposal Pandur, Dinga, and Iveco models. The move stems from the Defense Ministry strategic document known as the White Paper (BKO), a draft of which Czech Position has obtained.

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Brian Kenety|25.02.2011

Iveco: Slovaks paid 40 pct less than Czechs

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.