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Czech deputy defense minister, suspected of corruption, relieved of his duties

Credit: Mlada Fronta Dnes

(BRUSSELS2) New twist in the corruption cases in the Czech Republic which involves – once again – the Finnish armored vehicle manufacturer, Patria. Czech Deputy Defense Minister Jaroslav Kopřiva has just been relieved of his duties by his superior, Minister Alexandr Vondra. This decision follows an article published in the newspaper Mlada Fronta Dnes which details, recording and supporting photo, several “conversations” between the minister, his friend and lobbyist Josef Jindra and representatives of the industrialist, on a mortar contract for the Czech army. These conversations take place in an international law firm in the center of Bratislava, the capital of the neighboring Slovak state, others in a restaurant in Old Prague. It is in particular a question of a fairly sophisticated mechanism for circumventing the official selection procedure (by involving Slovakia and invoking strategic interests, it is thus possible to escape the tender procedures), of a market conversation, a commission in the form of a percentage, a payment from a foreign account… In short, great art.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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