State prosecutor wants custody for three persons in Public Transport Company scandal

The High State Prosecutor's Office in Prague has proposed taking into custody three of the eleven people charged with corruption in a case related to mismanagement of the Prague Transport Company. According to the prosecutor, there is a risk that the accused could flee or influence witnesses or co-defendants who have not yet been questioned. Among those implicated in the case is the now-former deputy mayor of Prague, Petr Hlubuček and Prague businessman Michal Redl who are both reported to have had close links to the deputy chair of the coalition STAN party Petr Gazdik. Hlubuček resigned from all party positions, and withdrew his candidacy in the autumn local elections.