Former foreign minister escapes corruption charges

Former foreign minister escapes corruption charges

Published at: 2012-03-02 09:22 | Author: CIJ Journal

The Czech EU presidency in 2009 was not exactly a harmony-filled reign, but corruption officials suspect it was more profitable for some than it should have been. Following a year-long investigation, detectives are now believed to be ready to start charging in a scandal that's become known as Promopro. The biggest fish has allegedly escaped the net, as police lack proof of the involvement of former foreign minister Alexandr Vondra in the affair. But some of his subordinates will face charges for influencing the choice of the company Promopro to organize conferences connected with the Czech presidency. It's believed that at least CZK 135m was paid out to foreign accounts to companies with opaque ownership structures. The Czech government paid hundreds of millions of Czech crowns to Promopro and its suppliers for services such as translations and video conferencing. Detectives have apparently followed the trail of money from London, to the Caribbean to accounts in Austria.

Similar Stories:

Robyg to build micro-apartments in Wola district
Robyg is planning to build micro-apartments in its City Sfera residential project in Warsa  »
Unibep to build second stage of YIT’s Nordic Sadyba in Warsaw
YIT Development has tapped Unibep to build the second phase of its Nordic Sadyba residenti  »
Hypoteční banka raises mortgage rates 0.2 percent
Hypoteční banka has raised its mortgage rates 0.2 percent because of what it says are hi  »
Resi4Rent opens new building in Łódź
Resi4Rent, the first corporate residential platform specializing in medium- and long-term  »
Where do you see your company going over the next two years? Since I became GM of the co   »
Construction has begun on Bispevika, a brownfield project along Oslo’s waterfront that   »
PSN has sold 350,000 sqm of land to the dominant Czech residential developer Central Group   »
Investors from China, Russia and other countries are leading a growing influx of foreign f   »