Topolanek attackers turn themselves in

The four young men who were behind Friday’s attack against Civic Democrat leader Mirek Topolánek have turned themselves in to the police and are now being questioned. News of the development was confirmed by a police spokeswoman on Monday after appearing on TV Nova’s news website. Police on the case said earlier they had information suggesting the attack against the Civic Democrat leader may have been ordered.

The incident happened last Friday as Mr. Topolánek was holding an out-door election rally in Hustopeče, south Moravia. Four young men threw stones at him from a distance before jumping into a car with a Prague number plate and driving away. Mr. Topolánek was seen to be bleeding from a cut above his right eye but reports say he was only lightly injured. His Civic Democratic Party has filed a criminal complaint against an unknown perpetrator.