Ex-PM admits "bartering" amnesty for Klaus´s signature on bill

Někdejší premiér Petr Nečas (ODS) přichází 14. listopadu na policejní služebnu v Praze k výslechu v kauze bývalé šéfky svého kabinetu a nynější manželky Jany Nečasové (dříve Nagyové). Případ se týká podezření z uplácení poslanců a nezákonného sledování lidí.

published: 12.12.2013, 09:21 | updated: 12.12.2013 09:27:52

Prague - Former Czech PM Petr Necas told his office head and current wife Jana Nagyova that he had bartered his signature on then president Vaclav Klaus´s amnesty for Klaus´s nodding to his government tax package, Aktualne.cz server writes today, referring to police wiretapping.

Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) denied such a deal between him and Klaus in the past.

Nagyova, whose name is Necasova now, is accused of abuse of power for having ordered the military intelligence service to spy on Necas's wife. She also figures in the case of suspected political corruption.

Necas countersigned Klaus´s New Year amnesty without discussing it in his government before.

"The amnesty is an awful jam," Necas told Nagyova then, iz ensues from the police wiretapping files. He added that he can openly say is was "a signature for signature" deal.

The wiretapped conversation occurred in the afternoon on January 5.

However, both Klaus´s former secretary Petr Hajek and his office´s political section head Ladislav Jakl deny the information, the server writes.

"I rule out such a deal," Jakl said.

Even Necas dismissed it in January.

"I can rule out such a political deal. In the case of the signature on the government package, the responsible approach of the president who did not want the country to face chaos unnecessarily prevailed," daily Mlada fronta Dnes quoted Necas as saying on January 9.

The amnesty, which Klaus (in office 2003-2013) declared in January shortly before his term expired, applied to convicts with low suspended or prison sentences and elderly convicts. Besides, it halted criminal prosecution if it had lasted for more than eight years, and if the maximum prison sentence that could be imposed in such cases did not exceed ten years.

This applied to some high-profile corruption and financial fraud cases, which caused a big outcry.

The presidential amnesty set free some 6500 prisoners and pardoned suspended and alternative sentences given to tens of thousands of people.

The anti-corruption police investigation concluded that Klaus´s amnesty had not been influenced by bribes, Pravo wrote in mid-October.

The High State Attorney´s Office in Olomouc, north Moravia, used the wiretapping recordings to accuse Nagyova, former military intelligence service (VZ) chiefs Ondrej Palenik and Milan Kovanda and intelligence officer Jan Pohunek of abusing the intelligence to spy on three people, including Necas´s former wife Radka. Nagyova allegedly ordered it.

Speculations emerged saying Necas, too, could be accused in the other case, in which Nagyova figures, of bribing three former deputies for the ODS, Marek Snajdr, Petr Tluchor and Ivan Fuksa, into giving up their mandates by being given lucrative posts in state-owned companies.

However, Necas has not been charged yet though the Supreme Court (NS) ruled in October that he can be prosecuted unlike the three former MPs who were protected by immunity applying to acts outside the Chamber of Deputies as well.

Necas resigned as head of government and the ODS in reaction to the criminal scandal and his government fell in June. Afterwards he admitted his close relationship with Nagyova and they got married in September.


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