Men who claimed to have attacked Topolánek released without charge

Four men who turned themselves in to the police on Monday, claiming to be behind an attack on Civic Democrat leader Mirek Topolánek, were released without charge several hours later. One of the men said afterwards that they had thrown stones at the former prime minister having been promised a financial reward. The incident happened in south Moravia on Friday, at a Civic Democrat election rally. On Monday, one of the men who claimed to have carried out the attack said that it may have been ordered by someone from within Mirek Topolánek’s team. This suggestion was dismissed by the Civic Democrats, with spokesperson Martin Kupka calling such claims ‘nonsense’. Mr Topolánek was seen to be bleeding after the attack, but reports say he was only lightly injured.

Author: Rosie Johnston