The Swiss investigation into alleged corruption during the privatization of Czech mining firm Mostecké uhelné společnost (MUS) has dominated the front pages of the Czech dailies in recent weeks. But most media have presented a fairytale according to which billions of crowns are waiting in Switzerland to be collected by the Czech government with the High Public Prosecutor’s Office in Prague interfering.
Swiss detectives probing the MUS case have discovered that after its purchase of Czech engineering giant Škoda Plzeň, the controversial Appian Group transferred a staggering Kč 150 million in “consultation fees” to a Virgin Islands shell company — which in turn sent it on to firms connected to reputed Czech mobsters and a consulting firm that was advising the Czech state on the Škoda Plzeň sale.
Three people are reported dead at the Aircraft Industries factory in south Moravia after a gunman opened fire in the firm’s administrative building. It appears the shooter targeted the company’s management, with general manager Ilona Plšková reported to be among those injured, and then took his own life. The attacker is believed to be Karel Musela, the brother of disabled arms dealer Pavel Musela, MfD reported.