How not to drown František Mráček?
The case of František Mráček, a NFPK Prize for Courage awardee, made a quantum leap forward today. Prague 5 District Court upheld his case against the Central Bohemian Region, seeking damages and back-payments for the period in which he found himself unlawfully demoted from his position. His case is a further evidence showing that a corruption whistleblower’s life is not easy and they often face a great amount of bullying.
František Mráček, head of the Public Transport Department of the Central Bohemian Regional Office, alerted the public to unusual financial practices applied by the regional management, including a dubious investment in software for the remuneration of stipends for student transport fares and suspect irregularities in the allocation of public transport funds in Central Bohemia. Instead of being recognized for his efforts, František Mráček faced bullying and pressures, which eventually led to the loss of working contract.
However, with legal assistance provided by the Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK), František Mráček fought back and filed a suit to win voidance of the notice received. In June 2016, Prague City Court ruled that the notice was nonapplicable and upheld his right to reinstatement. Since that time, František Mráček has sued Central Bohemia for the compensation of remuneration due to him over that period. Today Prague 5 District Court decided in favour of his complaint.
“We are happy to se that the court recognized and upheld his request for remuneration. Sadly, a body of the State had failed to respect a ruling by the Prague City Court and protracted the case in an unnatural way. The Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) is working to improve the situation of whistleblowers either by providing immediate assistance, as in this case, or proposing indigenous bills in the areas concerned. Anyway, it is of course good to find out that the passage of justice was unclogged, in this particular case,” Karel Škácha, Director of the Anticorruption Endowment remarked when hearing today’s court verdict.
The Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) is a fully independent project, pursued by people radically unprepared to tolerate rampant corruption in the administration of the State. One of our goals is to help expose corruption in the state administration and support projects exposing corrupt practices.
Contacts: Karel Škácha, Director, NFPK, tel.: 602 681 513, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org