Czech Minister of Justice Jiří Pospíšil (Civic Democrat, ODS) says the failings of Chief Prague Prosecutor Vlastimil Rampula and his office over the suspect privatization of mining company Mostecká uhelná společnost (MUS) should bolster his arguments for the sacking of the top prosecutors. Pospíšil is also seeking clarification of the ground for getting rid of a cheif prosecutor from the Supreme Administrative Court (NSS).
The Czech upper house of parliament (the Senate) has returned the Public Procurement Act to the lower house (Chamber of Deputies) with two amendements, one of which – requiring winners of public tenders to reveal their full ownership structure in a bid to tackle corruption — is proving especially controversial. Prominent lawyer Daniel Weinhold tells Czech Position that the proposal is a flawed paper tiger.
Andrej Babiš, the Slovak-born billionaire founder and owner of Czech food giant Agrofert, has confirmed speculation that he will form a Czech political initiative that will promote candidates running for parliament essentially on an anti-corruption ticket; for the moment, he will remain the head and sponsor of the civic group ANO 2011, but is not himself seeking to run for elected office.