26. října 2016 | News

Kdy odstoupí policejní prezident Tomáš Tuhý?

The Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) highlights long-persevering exceptionally serious doubts surrounding Police President Tomáš Tuhý. The NFPK reacts to the extension of the deadline for the presentation of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry’s report on police restructuring and the efforts of not only that body’s chairman to divert public attention from this issue.        

Businessman David Tesařík learned about the police operation shortly before it began in September 2014. He wanted to know more about the planned project and swapped text messages with somebody who also communicated with the owner of a mobile phone, in which a SIM card of Tomáš Tuhý’s ex-wife was inserted at a later date. According to a GIBS resolution, recently disclosed by the NFPK, it was the police chief’s current spouse, who directed GIBS investigators towards Tuhý’s ex-wife and son, concerning possible explanation of the text message exchange under scrutiny (p. 9 here). According to the GIBS resolution, Tuhý’s son subsequently presented the police with a mobile phone of a type differing from the model he had been expected to produce. When alerted to the fact, he exercised his right not to offer an explanation, as that could have led to the prosecution of a closely associated person.        

The GIBS resolution indicts of telling lies or a loss of memory several persons not only from the police president’s inner circle. For the sake of illustration, let us quote the following (here): “(…) None of the persons involved (…) was able to explain this circumstance. It was also ascertained that Police Organ GIBS was (…) presented with a telephone different from the unit the IMEI of which tallied with the findings made. (…) These circumstances disprove the testimony of Jiří T. that he lost two SIM cards in Prague, probably in 2013 (…).” Anyway, the police president stands indicted here of possibly telling lies or a devastating loss of memory. He denied his exchange of text messages with a former spokesperson of the Office of the Government, former employee of the Ministry for Regional Development, Jana J. (here): “Asked if he had a telephone contact with Jana J., he said it had not been so in the last year or year and a half, or rather he did not realize he was. Being shown a statement on passive and active phone calls from 10 August 2015, between his phone number and Jana J., he merely stated he is not aware of that.” Only four months had elapsed since that communication. Nor did Jana J. remember engaging in communication with the police president (here): “Jana J. stated she knows the police president due to social and professional activities, but does not know if she has his number.”

The quotations cited above further enhance serious doubts about the police reform. It should be noted that Police President Tuhý assured ÚOOZ about police presidium support shortly before the decision was released about the de facto dissolution of a police unit (here or here). Let’s note in conclusion that Tuhý’s flagrant breach of a speed limit when driving in a settled area alone would automatically warrant the police chief’s resignation, in areas west of the Czech Republic. Tuhý had previously described road safety as his priority (here): “We want citizens of the Czech Republic to appreciate that police are here to protect them against traffic piracy and lack of traffic discipline.” What pirates could he have talked about?

The media torrent around the issue invites a comment from Anticorruption Endowment founder Karel Janeček: “The media campaign, triggered by the inbound/outbound text messages, serves as an excellent example of how cunning manipulation can suppress facts and create an air of innocence. If somebody secretly and in good faith contacts someone else and asks about the details of a planned police operation, he automatically implies that the addressee is guilty, but he doesn’t say he’s innocent. In reality, this so-called ‘explanation’ patently fails to vindicate criminal Tuhý and his companions.”

The Anticorruption Endowment is a fully independent initiative by people radically unprepared to accept a high level of corruption in state administration. One of our goals is to help expose corruption in state administration and support projects exposing corruption.

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