published: 09.10.2013, 11:19 | updated: 09.10.2013 11:27:49
Prague - Former Czech Government Office head Lubomir Poul refused to testify in the corruption and illegal surveillance case of Jana Nagyova, a close aide to ex-Prime Minister Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS), today.
Nagyova´s defence counsel Eduard Bruna said the case had touched Poul deeply and this is why he had used his right not to give testimony.
Poul, who was invited to the police questioning as a witness, did not react to journalists´ questions.
Bruna said the police cannot be expected to invite Poul to a questioning again.
The anti-corruption police detained Poul, along with another seven people, during a June raid. However, he was not accused.
Nagyova, whose name is Necasova now after she married Necas in September, is accused of abuse of power for having ordered the military intelligence service to spy on Necas's wife. According to the police, Nagyova thereby exerted pressure on Necas to get divorced.
She also figures in the case of suspected political corruption.
Nagyova allegedly agreed on the surveillance with generals Ondrej Palenik and Milan Kovanda and Colonel Jan Pohunek without the defence minister´s knowledge. The police are to question Pohunek on Thursday.
In March, Nagyova allegedly had his driver Jiri Pertl and his girl-friend Alena Hegrova, from the Government Offcie, shadowed in order to prevent journalists´ speculations about her intimate relationship with Necas.
Besides, the investigators are of the view that Nagyova used her influence on Necas to make him promise bribes, in the form of lucrative posts in state or semi-state firms, to three former ODS deputies. They gave up their mandates and thus enabled the passage of a controversial government tax package, withwhich they did not agree, last November in exchange for the posts, according to the police version.
Apart from the former MPs, the State Attorney´s Office intends to prosecute Necas in this case. However, he has not been charged yet.
Necas resigned as head of government and the ODS in reaction to the criminal scandal and his government fell in June. Afterwards Necas admitted his close relationship with Nagyova. They got married three weeks ago.
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