Zeman’s Chancellor Vratslav Mynář today he told ČTK that they did not ask the public prosecutor to cancel the criminal prosecution, but asked the supervising public prosecutor’s office to comment on local jurisdiction. He considers it logical that the case be supervised by the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Olomouc and not in Brno.
“I am slowly getting used to the fact that in the Czech Republic there is one variety, who are called public prosecutors, for whom the legal norms of the Czech Republic do not apply,” remarked the chancellor.
However, the previously published justification of the complaint with the legal argumentation of the Chancellor’s lawyer Lukáš Trojan contains, in addition to questioning local jurisdiction, arguments why the resolution is defective according to the Chancellor’s lawyer
“Prosecution shows a number of non-standard procedural steps and is characterized by a strange haste and an effort to prosecute at all costs,” Mynář’s lawyer said earlier in a press release.
The police accused one of Miloš Zeman’s closest collaborators of damaging the financial interests of the European Union and of subsidy fraud in February, against the resolution on the initiation of prosecution, the Chancellor filed a complaint.
“The Regional Public Prosecutor’s Office in Brno – Zlín Branch announces that in the criminal case of subsidy fraud and damage to the financial interests of the European Union in connection with the provision of a subsidy by the Office of the Central Moravia Regional Cohesion Council for the construction of a boarding house, the public prosecutor rejected a complaint by a 53-year-old natural person against a resolution to initiate criminal proceedings – more detailed information on the criminal case will not be provided, “said Hynek Olma, a spokesman for the council.
The criminal prosecution concerns a subsidy for a boarding house in Auschwitz. According to previous information, the office of the Regional Council of the Central Moravia Cohesion Region, which manages the distribution of part of the EU subsidies, in the past, he gave Mynář’s Clever Management a European subsidy of six million crowns for its construction. After checking the financing, during which he encountered doubts, the office asked the police to check the subsidy.
According to the office, Clever Management did not state in the application for the subsidy, contrary to the instructions, that the construction had previously been subsidized by the Ministry of Education. This subsidy was received by the civic association Chřibák, which started the construction.
The prosecution of Clever Management was canceled by the public prosecutor in February. Mynář’s lawyer Trojan later stated that the relevant law on criminal liability of legal persons was not effective at the time of the alleged crime. Even then, he said that the investigation was accompanied by “a number of procedural errors and non-standard procedures”.
In the spring of 2019, the NGO Transparency International (TI) filed a criminal complaint in connection with the construction for alleged subsidy fraud. According to TI, the civic association Chřibák, which was founded by several people from Auschwitz, led by Mynář, first received a subsidy of 26 million crowns from the Ministry of Education in 2007 and 2008 for construction.
The money was to be used for the construction of a sports hostel on Mynář’s land. But the hostel was not completed and its rough construction was then leased by Chřibák to the Clever Management company owned by Mynář. According to TI, the conditions of the state subsidy prohibited any transfer of real estate, and the approval of the hostel was to be documented as a condition for fulfilling the subsidized project. Clever Management then received another six million of European money. For them, the rough construction of the hostel was rebuilt into a wellness guesthouse. When applying for money from the ROP, applicants also stated, according to TI, whether other subsidies from public sources were used for the project, which they did not do.
Source: Blesk.cz by www.blesk.cz.
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