Czech president supports independence of state attorneys


02.06.2014 20:02

Kromeriz - President Milos Zeman expressed support for the independence of state attorneys at an event marking 20 years of existence of Czech state attorney´s offices today.


Prezident Miloš Zeman se 2. června zúčastnil oslav dvaceti let Nejvyššího státního zastupitelství v Kroměříži. ČTK Glück Dalibor

A bill dealing with the status of state attorneys and their offices has been discussed for a few years.

Justice Minister Helena Valkova (for ANO) said the reinforcement of independence should be accompanied by greater responsibility of attorneys, however.

Zeman opposed the planned cancelling of the high state attorney´s offices in Prague and Olomouc.

He argued that the heads of these office, Prague High State Attorney Lenka Bradacova and Olomouc High State Attorney Ivo Istvan, did a lot of good work.

"It seems rather inappropriate to react to this by the cancellation of their institutions," Zeman said.

Valkova said the future of high state attorney´s offices is still open, although most experts tend to support the view that these two offices do not have to be maintained.

Bradacova and Istvan are connected with the prosecution of several significant cases of suspected political corruption.

Zeman said politicians linked to corruption and overpriced state contracts should be afraid and their crimes should be revealed and punished thanks to state attorneys.

The president also said he appreciated the work of Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman.

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