Head of anti-corruption police says no let up in anti-corruption crusade

The head of the anti-corruption police Tomáš Martinec said the police would press ahead with the investigation of corruption in state administration despite the volley of criticism directed against them over the CASA planes investigation. In a debate on Czech Television, Mr. Martinec said the police had sufficient grounds for its request to prosecute former defense minister Vlasta Parkanova and that the request was not based solely on an assessment by the firm American Appraisal which concluded that the CASA planes had been severely overpriced. He pointed out that the police had worked on the case for two years under the supervision of the supreme state attorney. The former defense minister is to be charged within a matter of days.