Press: Ex-minister gets suspended sentence over fraud

A Prague district court on Thursday gave city councillor and former cabinet member Karel Březina a one-year suspended sentence for alleged fraud at the Prague transport authority, Právo reported on Saturday, citing a judge. Mr. Březina, who was minister without portfolio in a Social Democrat government, has denied the charges and is expected to appeal. He is accused of concealing from the transport authority that a company on whose supervisory board he sat had gone into bankruptcy. For this he lost the right to be chairman of the supervisory board of the transport authority. However, he continued to draw a salary and bonuses for the position (which he has since reassumed).

Author: Ian Willoughby