Some Parallels Here
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Some Parallels Here
4. 7. 2016

The liquidation of Šlachta’s unit reminds me of the events that accompanied my dismissal from the post of director of the State Environment Fund (SFŽP, way back in 2010. The Public Affairs party boasted at that time that it would not express confidence in the Nečas government unless justice has its free passage regarding the SFŽP affair. By justice they meant not only the resignation of Minister Drobil and Police President Martinů, who leaked information from the police file to the prime minister, but also my reinstatement to my former position. Ex-President Klaus summoned representatives of the government establishment, talked “wisely” to them and lo and behold! Public Affairs caved in. The party no longer insisted that I be reinstated as director of the State Environment Fund. The most junior pawn was thrown overboard to a “grand coalition project” could continue. Public Affairs accepted a diabolical compromise, which subsequently turned against that party: sharing government with Nečas politically ruined them.

The liquidation of Šlachta’s unit reminds me of the events that accompanied my dismissal from the post of director of the State Environment Fund (SFŽP, way back in 2010. The Public Affairs party boasted at that time that it would not express confidence in the Nečas government unless justice has its free passage regarding the SFŽP affair. By justice they meant not only the resignation of Minister Drobil and Police President Martinů, who leaked information from the police file to the prime minister, but also my reinstatement to my former position.

Ex-President Klaus summoned representatives of the government establishment, talked “wisely” to them and lo and behold! Public Affairs caved in. The party no longer insisted that I be reinstated as director of the State Environment Fund. The most junior pawn was thrown overboard to a “grand coalition project” could continue. Public Affairs accepted a diabolical compromise, which subsequently turned against that party: sharing government with Nečas politically ruined them.

At first, the ANO Movement also issued strong statements after the attack on Mr Šlachta’s unit: “We can’t stay in the government that profiles itself as a fighter against corruption while at the same time liquidating a police unit, which successfully fights corruption,” were heard just three weeks ago. Oops, an invitation from the Castle again arrives, the President again has a word with ministers, and one of them fouls himself, if I don’t wish to use a figure of speech from ex-Premier Topolánek’s book.

The tradeoff accepted by the ANO Movement beats even the deal concluded by Public Affairs in 2010. That party at least achieved the resignation of one cabinet minister and the police president. By contrast, Minister Chovanec dumped something smelly on ANO’s head and the caravan plods on, right? And Mr Šlachta—is he supposed to resign from the police force because his unit dared to arrest a ranking anticorruption officer and a bunch of his lackeys, or should we say clowns?

ANO acted in a lowly way, but even worse, Mr Šlachta didn’t get efficient help from the junior coalition partner, KDU-ČSL. A Christian party should always be on the side justice and resolutely defend a man who took promoting justice as his lifelong mission, even at the cost of ending its mission in this cabinet. One doesn’t speculate when it comes to the enforcement of justice, but I am convinced the general public would have appreciated such a principled stance.

And what has lawmaker Gabal shown to us? Speaking in the TV current affairs programme “Události, komentáře”, he criticized the contents of a six-page document on which the reorganization of police units is based and vowed to disclose the document the next day, unless it is done by the interior minister or police president. Did he live up to his promise? No, he did not. It seems that he, too, had fouled himself…

“Things ain’t the way they used to be,” the rock band Chinaski sings. The ANO Movement and KDU-ČSL chose to remain on board the sinking political Titanic of Prime Minister Sobotka, just like in its time Public Affairs bailed out an amorous couple from being discarded by the Government Office. However, Mr Chovanec did not stand down like Mr Drobil, and Mr Tuhý did not stand down like Mr Martinů. Only the man, who did resign, Mr Šlachta, seems to have lost his chance to be the first whistleblower in a new FBI, Czech-style…

But I believe some slight parallel might be found. I believe that at least some of the ministers, who were accessory to the pulverization of the ÚOOZ, will leave for the happy hunting grounds after the next elections. Maybe we will live to see something yet bigger: the fall or the repentance of those who work behind the scenes.

In this context, the media brought interesting news on Saturday: Mr Zátorský wound up in a Polish police cell on the basis of a European arrest warrant. This influential Ostrava businessman (also a former police officer) had interacted with ex-Minister Drobil and his aide, Mr Knetig. I examine his role in the SŽFP affair in my book, “Kill It or It Will Kill You”. I am proud on preventing the transfer of billions of crowns to the bank and cooperative savings group that supported his “business activities”.

If the ČSSD decided to eliminate Mr Šlachta’s unit for fear certain politicos or businesspeople related to the Social Democrats might meet the same fate as the ODS godfathers, the party really might come to grief. Heaven’s vengeance is slow but sure, and God has many mills that grind. A Czech arrest warrant could be outpaced by a European one, Swiss bank accounts could be blocked instead of the Czech ones, you name it. We might even live to see ČEZ stop wasting hundreds of millions of crowns for presents. J

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