Court rejects request to freeze Social Democratic party accounts

The District Court for Prague 1 rejected a request by former lawyer Zdeněk Altner to freeze Social Democratic party accounts, allegedly for failing to pay a 10,000 crown deposit. Mr Altner told Czech Radio he paid the fee on Monday and the court had reached its decision prematurely. In a recent court ruling, the Social Democrats were ordered to pay 337 million crowns owed to Mr Altner for past services, which had gone unredeemed. The party has lodged an appellate review request with the Supreme Court and says it will await the outcome of the appeal before making the payment, on the grounds that the money could end up in a foreign account and would be hard to retrieve if the court ruled in its favour.

Author: Jan Velinger