Senate gives up member for investigation

The upper house of Parliament has given up Social Democrat Senator Jiří Lajtoch for investigation regarding fraudulent tenders. Police suspect Mr Lajtoch, who is also the mayor of the town of Přerov, of arranging privileges during local construction tenders and abusing the authorities of a public official. Another 12 people are under investigation in the same case. Of the 68 senators present, 41 voted to satisfy the police request to strip Mr Lajtoch of his immunity. Senator Lajtoch denies any wrongdoing.