MF Dnes: Bém wasted nearly one billion on useless projects

The daily Mladá fronta Dnes reports that the administration of former Prague mayor Pavel Bém wasted nearly a billion crowns on useless IT projects. Citing councillor Eva Vorlíčková, the paper writes that projects were apparently launched for the sole purpose of siphoning money from the city budget. One of the projects, she said, involved 390 million worth of wireless internet equipment that does not work and will have to be dismantled. An audit has been ordered and a police investigation will be sought. Mr Bém is under heavy scrutiny since wiretap recordings emerged suggesting that he allowed a wealthy friend undue influence over city administration.