Transport minister to explain spying scandal soon

Transport Minister Vít Bárta has asked the daily Mladá fronta Dnes to publish the full text of any documents it may have acquired which allegedly prove that his former detective agency ABL spied on Civic Democrat politicians. The minister himself said he would make an official statement in response to the claims within three days. Mr. Bárta, who sold the detective agency to his brother before taking office, said that before offering an explanation he had to consult the matter with the company’s former clients in order to get their approval. The daily Mladá fronta Dnes broke the story in September of last year when the transport minister heatedly denied the claims. Earlier this month the daily said it had acquired photos, videotapes and other documents to prove its case.