Wire tap recording of conversation between a controversial lobbyist and senior town hall employee casts new light on inner workings of Prague City Hall

A wire tap in which the controversial lobbyist and powerful construction entrepreneur Roman Janoušek tells a Prague City Hall employee to shut his eyes to problems related to dodgy construction projects has been published by the daily Mladá fronta dnes. In the conversation, a senior town hall figure discusses the reconstruction of the Palmovka metro station with Mr. Janoušek, who responds to the city hall employee’s concerns regarding the controversial project with the advice to “look away”. At the time of the recording, Mr. Janoušek was in charge of mayor Pavel Bém’s trips abroad and arranged meetings with politicians for him. According to the daily, the lobbyist had great influence on all City Hall employees and also on their budget decisions.

Author: Sarah Borufka