Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) president František Dohnal stands accused of misusing public funds by renting unjustifiably expensive apartments since taking up the post in 2005. The state prosecution claims that Dohnal has caused material damage to the state amounting to Kč 1.1 million. If found guilty, Dohnal — who claims the case is political — could face up to five years in prison.
The National Technical Library (NTK) in Prague 6 was the first large public building to be erected in the Czech capital in almost 20 years. The critically acclaimed new library, which opened in 2009, should be an object of pride for the city. Yet it is also the cause of some embarrassment — a Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) inspection into the realization of the project has drawn damning conclusions.
The Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) tells Czech Position that a planned thorough inspection of the Czech Export Bank (ČEB) is standard procedure — and long overdue. Nevertheless, fewer than six months ago the former director of the bank resigned amid allegations of attempting to favor certain companies.
The Czech politicians and authorities have systematically failed to address serious allegations of corruption, Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) vice president Miloslav Kala said in an interview. The solution is not to further analyze the situation but rather to implement anti-corruption policies long under discussion — including extending the NKÚ’s powers, he says.
NKÚ president František Dohnal is locked in battle with members of a parliamentary auditing committee over whether to extend an exisiting lease or find a new home for the Supreme Audit Office. Dohnal was already persona non grata among MPs for having barred them accesss to NKÚ’s books — and due to his allegedly improper use of luxury flats and cars at taxpayer expense.