Czech anti-corruption police not supervised by attorneys - check


08.01.2014 13:20

Prague - The Czech Supreme State Attorney´s Office has found out that the anti-corruption police were looking into 15 cases without state attorneys´ supervision while criminal prosecution was started in some of them later, the office´s spokeswoman Helena Markusova told CTK today.


Policie, logo, policejní služebna - ilustrační foto. ČTK Němec Zdeněk

The practice was also criticised in the past by Prague High State Attorney Lenka Bradacova. She said detectives investigated without a state attorney´s supervision cases of solar power plants among others.

The police presidium checked some 100 files of the anti-corruption police that were, however, supervised by state attorneys, in reaction to Bradacova´s complaints last spring.

Based on partial results, the Supreme State Attorney´s Office then ordered 27 "supervision" checks to be carried out, but they uncovered no big mistakes.

Besides, however, state attorneys checked on their own initiative cases that state attorneys did not supervise and in which anti-corruption police detectives only carried out a "probe".

"In 15 of them it was found out that this was not so (the state attorney´s office was informed) while in some of them not only criminal proceedings, but even criminal prosecution was started after the state attorney learnt about them," Markusova said.

Bradacova complained about the anti-corruption police´s procedure after her dispute with then head of the police squad Tomas Martinec.

She said the anti-corruption police wanted to harm her by providing information on the examination and possible criminal prosecution of her husband Tomas Hajek, with whom she does not live.

Martinec was given a disciplinary sentence over the leak of information. He eventually resigned from his post over the dispute.

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