published: 20.12.2013, 10:29 | updated: 20.12.2013 10:33:30
Prague - The High State Attorney´s Office in Prague on Thursday filed criminal charges against 12 people over the case of a controversial public order the state placed with the Promopro company during the Czech EU presidency in 2009, state attorney Tomas Cerny told CTK today.
He said the order for the supply of audiovisual equipment was overpriced by 388 million crowns.
The suspects have been charged with five types of crime.
According to previous information, the accused include Jana Hendrichova, former deputy to Alexandr Vondra (Civic Democrats, ODS), the then deputy prime minister for EU affairs, and two subordinate officials, Radomir Karlik and David Mlicko.
The police say the three granted an advantage to Promopro by excluding the other bidders from the tender.
The three former officials are suspected of scheming in a public tender and auction, abuse of power and breach of trust.
Vondra, who was responsible for the preparation of the Czech EU presidency and who was defence minister in 2010-2012, has not been charged.
The other suspects, including Promopro owner Jaroslav Vesely and Vlastimil Maxa, from the NDWC firm hired by Promopro, have been charged with money laundering, and three also of fraud.
The police say they transferred almost 400 million crowns to other persons or companies and created fictitious invoices.
Vesely previously said he committed nothing illegal and that he knew nothing about the transactions completed by Promopro´s sub-suppliers.
Those prosecuted also reportedly include Vaclav Cada, from the Damovo company that owned the audiovisual equipment involved, and Vondra´s former subordinate official Libor Veverka.
Promopro secured audiovisual equipment for conferences held in the Czech Republic in connection with the Czech EU presidency. The government paid over half a billion crowns to Promopro, which won the order without a tender.
The Government Office previously explained that Promopro was chosen as the supplier because it was an exclusive supplier of audiovisual equipment to Prague´s Congress Centre in which most events related to the EU presidency were held. As a result, it was suitable and easier to negotiate with only one firm, which, in addition had passed security vetting, the Government Office said.
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