Head of Supreme Audit Office fined for refusing audit into office’s financing

The head of the Supreme Audit Office František Dohnal will have to pay a fine of 50,000 crowns for refusing to allow an independent investigation into its financing, the CTK news agency reported Friday. After receiving reports about mismanagement of funds from inside the Supreme Audit Office, MPs appointed an independent auditing firm and set up a commission to look into the matter. However in a brief, stormy meeting the head of the office refused to give them access to any documents and had them escorted out of the building. He claims the independence of the Supreme Audit Office is threatened by growing political pressure linked to the fact that the office had uncovered serious cases of abuse of public finances.