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30. 3. 2015

Czech police obtained information from their Swiss colleagues about an (anonymously owned) suspect bank account on which 25 million euros had been deposited, and were asked for interaction in investigating a suspected money-laundering case. The case was highlighted by the Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK), specifically by a letter in which the NFPK director asked the Swiss prosecution authority to check the financial transaction. He suggested that according to unconfirmed information the transaction might have had to do with the presidential amnesty declared by Václav Klaus.

Kovarčík died shortly before criminal proceedings could be started against him on the suspicion of laundering the proceeds of a criminal activity.

Source: http://www.lidovky.cz/uplatek-za-amnestii-klausovi-blizci-mlci-jakl-situaci-zlehcuje-pv3-/zpravy-domov.aspx?c=A150326_121508_ln_domov_jzl

Czech police obtained information from their Swiss colleagues about an (anonymously owned) suspect bank account on which 25 million euros had been deposited, and were asked for interaction in investigating a suspected money-laundering case.

The case was highlighted by the Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK), specifically by a letter in which the NFPK director asked the Swiss prosecution authority to check the financial transaction. He suggested that according to unconfirmed information the transaction might have had to do with the presidential amnesty declared by Václav Klaus.

Any journalist can obtain information about similar transactions if he has reliable sources. (That, is, sources that trust him.) He can get it either from someone else’s “rival” or “competitor”, or – which is certainly rare in the Czech Republic – from somebody who has registered or obtained knowledge about such transaction. Likewise, police can get it if they are contacted in good faith, again by somebody – for whatever reason – who knows or obtains evidence about the deal. If an honest journalist gets such information, he will make it public after due verification; police will learn about it and opens an investigation concerning the affair. A number of such instances have occurred even in this country. oběhla řada případů.

This time, however, neither a journalist nor the police have obtained any info. Then again, they could be subjected to various pressures not to make it public.

Anyone sending away 20 million euros might be presumed to be able to persuade all and sundry that he probably has interesting or influential liaisons. As we all know, the profiteering and corruption machine always runs on money in the first place, as proved for example by the Mostecká uhelná case (also eventually exposed by the Swiss) and many other affairs.

One of the principal goals of the Anticorruption Endowment is to be a trustworthy institution that could be contacted with reasonable assurance that it will actively address the problem and keep the source of its information in anonymity.

In contrast with personal complaints, whose important aspect is often and above all the announcement that they have been filed (a practice commonly used by political figures and businesspeople) so the message gets across to the general public, the NFPK chose not to report on its letter to the Swiss prosecutor. There was no reason to do it. The information might have been planted: no such transaction had happened, or it might have happened for a demonstrably different purpose, there was no such bank account, etc.

We have seen suspicions galore, many of them lacking substance or traceable evidence. But in this case the police in Switzerland checked the transaction and confirmed that the suspicions were relevant.

Common wisdom shows that any case exposed in this way inevitably leads to inquisitive questions:

Why were you the first to learn about it? (How come it wasn’t a newspaper or the police? Oh, I know why…)

Why did you learn about it precisely at this time? (the one who learns about it is excluded from the process of determining the timing…)

Why did the papers report it right now? (Timing is a chief suspect in the eyes of would-be plotters…)

Why don’t you want to tell who you get the information from? (Because the NFPK would otherwise fail to fulfil its core mission…)

Is it true that the case was masterminded by Babiš? (Not everything happening in this country is controlled by Babiš… At least not yet)

Is it true that the cause was planted by somebody in order to divert attention from somebody or something else? (It is not yet known from whom or what, but details will be furnished at a later date…)

There are many such “conspiratorial” clues whose worth is hardly bigger than the “conceptual assertions” about the New York Twins being blown up by Americans themselves, because in this way they would… etc.

Those who might likely find themselves under a hint of suspicion, mainly from the angle of possible motive, usually provide the largest portion of caustic remarks about the Anticorruption Endowment.

But the NFPK only asked a question. Once again, as many times before, Swiss judiciary and police are the chief villains of the piece. In geographical terms, Switzerland is only an hour’s flight away from the Czech Republic. But in some respects it is still aeons away from us.

 

 

 

 

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