PM Fischer asks for review of ČEZ anti-theft policies

The Czech Prime Minister, Jan Fischer, has asked the finance minister and other public shareholders of the energy giant ČEZ to make sure the firm’s anti-theft policies do not breach the law. The state-controlled ČEZ has come under criticism after Czech media published on Tuesday graphic video footage depicting the training of the company’s anti theft unit. Another video also showed that a man, suspected of stealing electricity, allegedly committed suicide. The prime minister said each individual and company has the right to protect themselves from crime, but that such protection must be in compliance with the law. ČEZ CEO, Martin Roman, admitted that the anti-theft squad made some “mistakes” in the past. However, the squad needed proper training as they often face criminal gangs stealing electricity from ČEZ, Mr Roman added.

Author: Jan Richter