Justice minister proposing Igor Stříž as new chief prosecutor

The minister of justice, Marie Benešová, has proposed Igor Stříž as the new chief prosecutor, following the resignation of Pavel Zeman, who has served in the post for ten years.

Igor Stříž is Zeman’s first deputy and according to the justice minister he will be able to ensure a smooth transfer in the post, guarantee a high level of expertise and maintain the independence of the Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office.

The justice minister argued that her proposal was also supported by the Union of Public Prosecutors and said that Stříž had agreed to the appointment, if it was approved by the government.  Pavel Zeman will end in office on June 30.