Marek Šnajdr remanded in custody

The regional court in Ostrava on Sunday ruled that former Civic Democrat MP Marek Šnajdr be remanded in custody. Šnajdr is one of three former Civic Democrat MPs charged with having accepted a bribe in return for vacating their seats in Parliament. He was one of eight people charged in connection with the extensive anti-graft operation. Seven of the accused have been refused bail. Only the head of the country’s military intelligence, General Milan Kovanda was released. General Kovanda told the court he believed he was acting in the interests of the Czech Republic when he took orders from the prime minister’s chief-of-staff to spy on three people.