Justice Minister threatens to step down

The Czech Justice Minister, Jiří Pospišíl, has suggested in an interview for Lidové noviny that if the newly-reinstated Chief Prague Prosecutor Vlastimil Rampula is not recalled by the supreme state attorney, he will leave the government. The chief prosecutor was sacked last July on the suspicion that he had been holding up key corruption investigations; last year, the Czech branch of Transparency International called Rampula’s dismissal necessary for the restoration of public trust in the office. However, in an appeal Mr Rampula’s dismissal was thrown out as unjustified by the Prague Municipal Court. In the Saturday’s interview, the justice minister nevertheless repeated that he stood behind changes that had been made at the prosecutor’s office and said if possible that he would push ahead with additional plans.

Author: Jan Velinger