Social Democrats slam government over Bém and Janoušek

The opposition Social Democratic party has slammed the government in connection with the recent scandals, calling on MP and embattled former Prague mayor Pavel Bém, the head of Public Affairs Radek John and Interior Minister Jan Kubice to leave politics. The head of the leftist party Bohuslav Sobotka on Friday charged that the steps were needed to improve the political culture in the country. Regarding specifics, opposition party leader said explanations on how wiretaps were leaked from BIS in the Bém-Janoušek affair were needed, adding – in his view – that Prime Minister Nečas was not taking strong enough steps. Mr Sobotka also charged that both Mr John and Mr Kubice had ties to lobbyist Janoušek, Mr John reportedly having worked at one point for one of his companies, and the interior minister through a family connection. Earlier this week, Mr Kubice said he would not step down over the manner in which police handled Mr Janoušek’s arrest last week after he fled the scene of a drunk driving accident, saying he would in no way influence the investigation.

Author: Jan Velinger