Police raid offices of Usti regional administration

Police on Tuesday raided the offices of the Usti regional administration arresting six people. Among those detained was the governor’s deputy Pavel Kouda. According to Czech Television the arrests are linked to suspicious financial activities in the North-West operation program. Its current head Pavel Markvart is being questioned by the police. In July of this year the program’s former head Petr Kusnierz was sentenced to 7 years in jail for accepting millions of crowns in bribes and manipulating EU grants. Social Democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka said in response to the news that Pavel Kouda would be taken off the party’s list of candidates for the autumn regional elections.