Mayor calls charges a “political attack”
Prague Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda on Thursday took aim at police charges of breach of trust against 10 councillors – including himself – at City Hall. Interviewed by Czech Radio, the mayor said the charges were a political attack meant to discredit the council ahead of upcoming municipal elections. The 10 officials are charged in connection with a controversial smart card system in Prague: the card is used as a travel pass and for other services. The councillors have filed a legal complaint against the state prosecutor overseeing the case.