Czech President Zeman supports police president Cervicek

Policejní prezident Martin Červíček na snímku z 3. prosince 2013.

published: 05.12.2013, 14:57 | updated: 05.12.2013 14:59:37

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman received Police President Martin Cervicek at Prague Castle on Wednesday and expressed full support to him, Zeman´s spokesman Jiri Ovcacek told CTK today.

He said the situation where there are two police heads after outgoing Interior Minister Martin Pecina reinstated Cervicek´s predecessor Petr Lessy should only be solved by a new interior minister, Ovcacek said.

He said Zeman received Cervicek at the latter´s request.

On Tuesday, Pecina reinstated Lessy, whose prosecution over suspected slander had been definitively halted, in the post of police chief. Pecina thereby annulled the decision of his predecessor Jan Kubice.

Pecina reportedly supposed Cervicek to resign after Lessy´s reinstatement, but Cervicek refused to do so and called on Pecina to solve the dual presidency by legal means, via administrative proceedings.

As a result, the Czech Republic has now two police presidents - Lessy and Cervicek.

Lessy has taken the leave and Cervicek continues heading the Czech police pending a final decision on the case.

Cervicek on Tuesday indicated that Pecina acts against him because he had rejected Pecina-proposed personnel changes in the police. He said Pecina wanted to sack anti-corruption police and regional police heads in selected regions.

Pecina (unaffiliated) is a member of the outgoing caretaker cabinet which lost parliament´s confidence vote in August and is to be replaced by a new cabinet whose formation has been underway since the late October general polls.

Like Zeman, some observers and politicians suggest that the decision on the dual police presidency should be made by Pecina´s successor at the Interior Ministry´s helm.


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