published: 08.10.2013, 07:30 | updated: 08.10.2013 07:35:30
Prague - Lenka Zlamalova says in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today that ambitious Prague High State Attorney Lenka Bradacova decided to use corporate liability in the Czech Republic for the first time in the closely-watched trial of former regional governor David Rath charged with corruption.
The criminal liability of corporate entities has become part of Czech legislation since January but attorneys and judges have not really used it so far, Zlamalova writes.
Bradacova wants to charge big construction firms and companies delivering medical equipment, Zlamalova says.
The new campaign of the Zemanites (SPOZ) We All Tug At One Rope has only one purpose: to denigrate those critical of the developments in the party, SPOZ deputy chairwoman Dita Portova and lobbyist Miroslav Slouf, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.
But Czech voters do not mind it, same as they do not mind excesses of Tomio Okamura (Dawn of Direct Democracy) who threatens journalists with criminal complaints and Andrej Babis (ANO) whose security guards escorted a person asking critical questions from an ANO election meeting, Mitrofanov says.
But why people do not mind? They seem to be desperate, due to the rule of the last two right-wing governments, he says.
Former prime minister Mirek Topolanek (Civic Democrats, ODS), finance minister Miroslav Kalousek and labour and social affairs minister Jaromir Drabek (both TOP 09) destroyed their world, Mitrofanov writes.
Now these people who are neither entrepreneurs nor well-paid experts are pinning their hopes to practically anybody, he concludes.
Billionaire Andrej Babis seems to be a game changer as his ANO movement has been winning over voters thanks to a mixture of skilful and expensive marketing and anti-political populism, Michal Musil writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
If Babis succeeds in the late October general election, he may change the scenario that has been expected for a few months - a victory of left-wing parties that will be controlled by President Milos Zeman, Musil says.
It may turn out that Zeman is as not as good a political player as he pretends to be and that he can be taken by surprise by Babis, Musil writes.
One of ANO slogans criticising politicians says the country has been ruled by duffers until now. Unfortunately, apart from a few personalities, the lists of ANO election candidates seem to be full of duffers, Musil indicates.
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