Government proposing Koudelka’s promotion for fifth time

The government will once again ask President Miloš Zeman to raise the head of the country’s counter-intelligence service BIS Michal Koudelka to the rank of general on the anniversary of Czechoslovakia’s founding, Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček told journalists on Monday .

The president, who has been highly critical of the work of the counter-intelligence service in highlighting the activities of Russian and Chinese agents on Czech territory, has refused to raise Michal Koudelka to the rank of general four times in the past.

Other nominees on the government’s list are Police President Jan Švejdar and the head of the Prison Service Petr Dohnal.