According to the witness, there were more cases of bribery of an apartment in Brno

by   CIJ News iDesk III
2024-05-15   10:39
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The Brno Municipal Court is continuing its examination of the case of police officer Jiří Vlček, who, according to the prosecutor, paid a CZK 360 000 bribe to get an apartment in Brno for his daughter. The man had earlier denied guilt. According to the witness, he was the one who should have given the bribe and his daughter knew nothing about it. She said there were at least ten cases for which bribes were taken. The case is closely related to the case surrounding Otakar Bradáč, the former chairman of the housing commission of the Brno-střed district and an ODS politician, in which police are prosecuting several people. Bradáč will testify today as a witness.

According to prosecutor Petra Lastovecka, the accused police officer sought the unauthorized allocation of a city apartment on Beethoven Street in 2021 and 2022. According to the prosecutor, he asked his acquaintance, who had contacts with the managing director of the real estate agency Zdeněk Červinka and Bradáč, to help his daughter get priority for the apartment in exchange for a bribe. According to the applicant, he knew that the persons concerned were able to influence the allocation of the flat in a significantly shorter period than usual, the usual period in Brno being several years. The daughter obtained the apartment. Like Bradáč, the police are prosecuting Červinka in the main branch of the case.

Also accused in the main case is Eva Vágnerová, a former employee of Červinka's real estate agency PJ-Reality, who handled administrative matters with the police officer's daughter regarding the application for the apartment. "She got in touch with the real estate agency, or rather with Mr Červinka, and I helped her with the paperwork. The person who recommended her knew that Cervinka was able to help secure the allocation of the flat. He was able, in cooperation with Bradáč, to get the apartment for a fee," Vágnerová said. She is a co-accused in the main part of the case.

She said the police officer's daughter had no idea that a bribe would be given for the Beethoven Street apartment, and the witness was told that her daughter was not allowed to know. According to Vágnerová, this was an exceptional case. "The bribe for the apartment was to be given by her father. I know that's how it was supposed to be. Daddy didn't want her to know that a bribe was going to be given for the apartment. I didn't accept the money, but the bribe was probably given because she got the apartment," Vágner said. She added that she had been present on several occasions when the money was handed over, but not in this case. "Mr Červinka told me about the amounts, I don't know in what proportion he gave the money to Mr Bradáč and what part he kept," Vágnerová said. She knows of at least a dozen flats for which bribes were given, but she said there were also cases that went beyond that.

Vlček has previously said he feels innocent. "I did not influence the allocation of the apartment to my daughter and I did not hand over any money to anyone," Vlček said. He said his acquaintance had worked in the real estate market for a long time, so he asked him about the possibility of buying or renting an apartment and asked him for contacts to real estate agents. He said that his daughter did get the apartment, but he does not agree with anything else in the indictment.

Source: CTK

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