South Bohemian village mayor charged with abuse of power over land sales

Police have charged the mayor of a southern Bohemian village with abuse of power, a spokesman for the anti-corruption unit of Czech police said on Monday. The charges are related to a 2007 sale of communal land; the mayor allegedly sold the land to private investors at a low price although he knew the price would go up after changes to the zoning plan. That led to a loss of at least 120 million crowns, the police said. If convicted, the man would face up to 10 years in prison.

Author: Jan Richter