Czech prosecutors have charged seven people from eight that has been detained, including the head of the prime minister's office Jana Nagyová, two ex-lawmakers and two military intelligence service members, following raids of government and private offices, high state attorney Ivo Istvan said today. Czech authorities conducted 31 home searches and seized CZK 120-150M in cash and some gold.
Charges included the abuse of the military intelligence service, Istvan told reporters. He also said some former lower house deputies were among those charged, for accepting illegal favours.
Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas has been under pressure since police detained some of his close allies on Wednesday and Thursday, including the chief of his office. Jana Nagyová was according to Czech prosecutors linked in spying and bribery cases. Government employee according to prosecutors illegally asked intelligence office for information, spying motives were "private". Czech intelligence service spied on 3 persons illegally.
Nagyova has been the head of Necas’s office since he took power in 2010. She was the head of his office when he served as social affairs minister from 2006 to 2009 and advised the Defense Ministry in 2010.
Czech prosecutors also said that two ex-lawmakers were offered jobs in state-owned companies. Already charged 2 ex-lawmakers, third person not charged yet.
Czech opposition today reiterated its call for prime minister resignation. Czech prime minister Necas afterwards said in parliament, that all suspects should be properly investigated. However, detention of two generals “in such a theatrical way” according to him have harmed Czech Republic. Necas concluded that he won't resign as Czech prime minister.
The cost of insuring Czech bonds against non-payment for five years using credit-default swaps rose four basis points, or 0.04 percentage point, advancing for a second day 64, the highest since Jan. 3, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
(Source: Reuters, Bloomberg, CT)