2. června 2016 | News

Kdopak by se Šlachty bál

The Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) has obtained information about the planned merger of two police units, namely the Unit for Combating Organized Crime (ÚOOZ) and the Unit for Exposing Corruption and Financial Crime (ÚOKFK). Scheduled to take place at the start of June, this organizational reshuffle could be misused for the dismissal of “troublemakers”, such as the head of the ÚOOZ, Robert Šlachta.

The anti-mafia unit ranks among the most efficient component parts of the Police of the Czech Republic. It has disclosed serious cases, reaching the upper echelons of the political establishment and frequently also the ranks of police and justice. This might be the reason why, under the pretext of organizational merger, the move targets the incumbent head of the ÚOOZ, Robert Šlachta, who is known as a steadfast man not given to kowtowing to political leaders.

“It is totally unacceptable to tolerate plans for the practical dissolution of one of the most efficient units, notably one famous for their hit-or- miss approach. It has become customary for this State to tamper with things that work, so let’s abolish them, or, merge them, in this case. Moreover, Robert Šlachta is, in my opinion, an honest man, who won’t be deterred by political pressures. It is my firm belief that in the event, this merger will not go ahead, since it would be a major step back for justice in the Czech Republic,” Radim Jančura, member of the Board of Trustees of the Anticorruption Endowment says od the plans hatched by the Ministry of the Interior.

The situation is strongly reminiscent of the “removal” of Karel Randák from the post of chief of the civilian intelligence unit because of its intended merger with the counterintelligence service. The Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) is a fully independent initiative by people radically unprepared to accept a high level of corruption, infiltrating state administration. Our goal is to support and contribute to the building of ethical values in a democratic society, to help expose corruption in state administration, and to support projects exposing corrupt practices.

Contacts: Linda Majerová, Director of NFPK, tel.: 734 315 353, e-mail: linda.majerova@nfpk.cz