Defense minister questioned by police in connection with spying scandal

Defense Minister Vlastimil Picek was questioned by the police on Monday in connection with the spying scandal that brought down the centre-right government. The case revolves around ex-prime Minister Petr Nečas’ chief of staff Jana Nagyová who secretly commissioned the country’s military intelligence to spy on the former PM’s wife. The head of military intelligence Milan Kovanda and his predecessor Jan Pohůnek have also been charged with abuse of office. Defense Minister Picek, who himself was in office at the time, said it was up to the court to decide on his subordinates’ guilt and his own measure of responsibility in the case.