Police unions support Prague chief of police

Police unions have lent their support to Prague Police Chief Martin Vondrášek over the arrest of Roman Janoušek. Police President Petr Lessy on Tuesday called for Mr Vondrášek to take personal responsibility for numerous mistakes made in the lobbyist’s arrest, namely that he was released while intoxicated and allowed to make telephone calls. In a petition released by the unions, policemen and civilian employees say that Vondrášek is a capable and honest policeman and that the Prague police is resistant to political and lobbying influences under his command. Mr Vondrášek says he will only consider resigning after an investigation shows whether the mistakes in the arrest were caused by systemic or individual problems.