Petr Hájek, the deputy chancellor to President Václav Klaus, has written that the Czech Republic’s first president, the late Václav Havel, “served as a tool of Satan” spreading “hatred and lies”. The highly controversial presidential aide – who in the past questioned the existence of Osama Bin Laden or questioned who attacked the US on 9/11 – made the statement in a new book to be published in November, Parlamentní listy reports. In Death in Velvet (Smrt v sametu), Mr Hájek reportedly does not hold back on his own boss, saying that many of the current president’s political aims were in shambles, arguing that democracy had been replaced by the rule of the media and charging that the political right had been replaced by a “Europeiste” (or pro-European) caricature. Petr Hájek is known for no shortage of controversial statements in the past, calling homosexuals “deviants” and mocking Darwinism.
Czechs in November, when the book is to be released, will mark the 23rd anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, in which Václav Havel played a key role.