Mayors and Independents to propose treason charge against Zeman over Novichok claims

Senators from the opposition Mayors and Independents Party want to propose a treason charge against President Miloš Zeman over his claim that the nerve-gas Novichok had been produced and tested in the Czech Republic. The party’s senators’ club announced the news at a press conference on Thursday, adding that by disclosing classified information from a military intelligence report, the president has threatened the security of Czech citizens.

Mayors and Independents have 12 deputies in the Senate, while the constitutional complaint must be presented by at least one-third of the 81 senators. To accept the motion, a three-fifths majority is needed in the Senate. It must be also be confirmed by three-fifths of all members of the Chamber of Deputies or at least 120 of them.