Teplice lawyer accuses finance minister of accepting bribe

A Teplice lawyer has accused Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek of having accepted a bribe in return for allowing five lottery firms to introduce internet betting. The lawyer, who is a member of the junior coalition party Public Affairs, claims that one of the firms offered to give the finance ministers party –at the time the Christian Democrats – ten million crowns as a sponsorship gift if was included on the list of companies which could introduce internet betting. The firm in question was among those which got the green light. The finance minister, who is now a member of TOP 09, has rejected the accusations. The claims are being investigated by the country’s anti-corruption police.