Head of High State Attorney’s Office sacked

The justice minister, Jiří Pospíšil, has revealed that has he has honoured a proposal calling for the dismissal of the head of the High State Attorney’s Office Vlastmil Rampula. The minister told reporters on Friday that he had taken the decision a day earlier, in light of actions Mr Rampula took while in office: one was issuing an unsubstantiated order for subordinates not to appeal in an asset-stripping case involving the defunct IPB bank; other mistakes, according to the minister, included the mismanagement of staff. The Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman proposed that Rampula be dismissed back in March citing serious violations of the high state attorney's duties. The Czech branch of Transparency International, meanwhile, had called for Mr Rampula’s dismissal calling it a necessary step to restore public trust in the state attorney´s office.

Author: Jan Velinger