Controversial football boss released on bail
Last November saw the dramatic arrest of controversial football boss Jaroslav Starka, in one of the most high-profile police operations the country has seen in recent years. In a carefully coordinated swoop, masked and armed commandos blocked and then surrounded Mr Starka's car as it made its way along a Czech motorway before taking the suspect into custody. Mr Starka had long been suspected of having ties with the underworld. He and a number of associates were arrested for the alleged kidnapping and subsequent death of Lambert Krejcir, the father of a Czech billionaire also wanted by the authorities. But on Tuesday, somewhat surprisingly, Jaroslav Starka was released, his lawyer having paid a hefty bail.
Whether the controversial businessman ultimately has reason to celebrate is of course a question, but he at least claims that, despite his three month sojourn behind bars, the police have little evidence against him. All along he has maintained his innocence regarding the kidnapping of Lambert Krejcir, saying that he had no connection. In the past he also stated publicly that he was friends with Krejcir's son, Radovan, a Czech billionaire who fled the Czech Republic to avoid arrest for his own alleged criminal activities. It is thought his father's kidnapping was an attempt by suspects to blackmail the son for millions, all part of a complex web of blackmail, kidnapping, and murder that has come under extensive investigation by police.