Former lobbyist Dalík to report to prison to serve sentence for bribing
Former lobbyist Marek Dalík is to report to prison to begin serving his four-year sentence for corruption, the news site aktualne.cz reported on Wednesday. Dalík, who was a close associate of former prime minister Mirek Topolánek in the second half of the last decade, was found guilty of corruption in a case involving the purchase of armoured vehicles for the Czech Army from the Austrian arms manufacturer Steyr. He demanded a bribe of 500 million crowns to ensure that the lucrative order was won by the Austrian firm. Mr Dalík’s defence lawyer Tomáš Sokol said he had already received the court’s appeal, but refused to say whether his client would demand suspension of the sentence.