Bárta: ABL to sell detective services division

Transport Minister Vít Bárta, the founder of the Czech Republic’s largest security agency ABL, has said the company will sell its detective services division within a matter of weeks. In his view, the move will calm ties between the Civic Democrats and his own party Public Affairs within the coalition government. The Civic Democrats have expressed growing concern over ABL’s influence within the police force, which is led by interior minister and Public Affairs head Radek John. Mr Bárta sold his original 50 percent share in ABL to his brother and sister-in-law upon joining the government. Last year it was revealed that in the past ABL had surveyed a number of Czech politicians including a Prague district mayor.

Author: Jan Velinger