published: 10.12.2013, 17:06 | updated: 10.12.2013 17:11:09
Prague - The Czech police´s organised-crime unit (UOOZ) are raiding the state-controlled giant energy utility CEZ and seizing documents concerning solar power plants, Czech Television (CT) has reported.
CEZ spokesman Ladislav Kriz told CTK that the police have "visited" the CEZ headquarters and asked for the company´s assistance and some documents.
According to CEZ, the police enquire into a suspected crime involving solar power plants, which may have harmed CEZ.
The Energy Regulatory Office (ERU) said it does not know what cases may be in focus of the police raid.
UOOZ spokeswoman Pavel Hantak has not directly confirmed the information about the raid to CTK. He only said his colleagues "are taking steps within criminal proceedings."
Hantak said the case has been supervised by the High State Attorney´s Office in Prague.
CEZ said the police entered the firm´s Prague headquarters in the morning.
"We´ve provided a conference room to them to hold talks. According to the information they´ve told us, the police are looking into suspected criminal activities related to solar plants, which may have harmed CEZ," Kriz said.
He said CEZ is ready to provide assistance in further investigations.
In the past, the police´s anti-corruption unit investigated CEZ in connection with its purchase of a solar power plant from the Amun.Re company.
The police opened the case late last year, they shelved it eventually, but in March they announced that they were dealing with it again.
CEZ bought giant solar parks in northern Bohemia from Amun.Re, which, according to the media, is a firm with unclear ownership structure and possibly controlled by influential lobbyists.
CEZ is the biggest Czech energy company. Its majority shareholder is the state, which has about a 70-percent stake in it. CEZ´s net profit dropped by 4.7 percent, to 31.7 billion crowns year-on-year in the three-quarters of 2013.
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