Czech PM warns ministers over influencing corruption investigations
Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas is reported to have warned Miroslav Kalousek over an alleged telephone call made by the Finance Minister to Jiří Mazánek, a police investigator looking into alleged overpricing involving the purchases of the army’s CASA transport planes. The planes were bought by Defence Minister Vlasta Parkanová, who is currently under investigation over the controversial deal, which was also approved by Kalousek in his capacity as Finance Minister. Mazánek claims that in a recent telephone call, pressure was exerted by Kalousek over the matter of stripping Parkanová of immunity so that she may be fully investigated over the CASA affair. Kalousek has denied such lobbying for his colleague. PM Nečas has reportedly warned members of his cabinet to avoid contacting investigators at all in such situations, threatening dismissal for this offence.