Kalousek says charges against Parkanová are attack on democracy

Miroslav Kalousek says that the charges against former defence minister Vlasta Parkanová are an attack on democracy. Speaking on a Czech Television programme, the Finance minister and deputy chairman of the TOP 09 party said by accusing Parkanová of corrupt purchases of CASA military aircraft the police were attacking the state’s decision-making processes and the democratic system. Parkanová, he said, acted legally, and the police charges must either be based on the investigators’ ignorance or bad intentions. The finance minister has vigorously defended his fellow party member from the moment her case appeared, even making a video posted on the ministry’s website. Some have cited his own connection to the case, being a friend of the former director of the company that mediated the deal.