published: 27.09.2013, 09:13 | updated: 27.09.2013 09:15:14
Prague - Czech Presidential Office head Vratislav Mynar (Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites, SPOZ) does not yet have a security vetting and he has even suspended his application for it, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MFD) writes today.
Without the vetting certificate, issued by the National Security Office (NBU), Mynar cannot attend certain negotiations dealing with classified information, including cabinet meetings, which his subordinates attend on his behalf, MfD writes.
Mynar cannot attend meetings dealing with the intelligence services´ information, including meetings of the State Security Council and EU and NATO meetings, the paper writes.
As a result, he sends his deputy Petr Muzak or the Presidential Office defence section head Jan Fulik to represent him at such events, it says.
Mynar, former leader of the SPOZ, a party close to President Milos Zeman, is running for it as a number one candidate in the Zlin region, south Moravia, in the end-October early general election.
"People from the NBU and also my lawyers have recommended that I file the application [for vetting] after all my documents are completed and in order," Mynar is quoted as saying.
Most recently, unofficial information has appeared, coming from the Presidential Office and the SPOZ, that the NBU is reluctant to grant the security vetting certificate, among others, due to Mynar´s running business together with controversial figures, such as north Moravian entrepreneur Radim Masny, MfD writes.
It writes that experts and former heads of the Presidential Office are surprised at Mynar heading the office without the security vetting.
It would be impossible in an established Western democracy, said Andor Sandor, a security expert and former head of the Czech military intelligence.
"I can´t imagine the political section´s head not having the vetting certificate," said Ladislav Spacek, former spokesman for the then president Vaclav Havel, alluding to the fact that the Presidential Office head is also in charge of the Office´s political section.
Even things such as a state visit´s programme is treated as classified information, Spacek said.
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