Justice minister says no cleansing at Prague State Attorney’s Office

Justice Minister Pavel Blažek has explained his reluctance to appoint popular prosecutor Lenka Bradáčová to the post of Prague High State Attorney. In an interview for Thursday’s Hospodarske Noviny the minister said he was determined to avoid a war of prosecutors at the Prague State Attorney’s Office and feared that the forthright Bradáčová would unleash a cleansing orgy at the institution. Mr. Blazek stressed that he wanted a high state attorney who would unite, rather than divide, the Prague State Attorney’s Office. Although the minister has hesitated for over three weeks with the appointment he admitted that Ms. Bradáčová remains the best-qualified candidate for the post. Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman who recommended her for the post has refused to comment.