PM calls on justice minister to calm situation at prosecutor’s office

Prime Minister Petr Nečas has called the continuing dispute between reinstated Chief Prague Prosecutor Vlastimil Rampula and aides and other officials at the High State Prosecutor’s Office in Prague “critical”, saying that he expected the justice minister to calm the situation. He made the comment in response to growing discord between sides at the prosecutor’s office, which flared up after the Municipal Court reversed Mr Rampula’s dismissal last year. He was fired in July by Justice Minister Jiří Pospíšil on the suspicion that he had been holding up key corruption investigations, but has now returned to his post. Mr Pospíšil suggested this week that if Mr Rampula was not recalled again, this time by the Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman, he would no longer stay on in government.

Author: Jan Velinger