Attack on Topolánek a misdemeanour

01-02-2010

The district prosecutor’s office in Brno has said that an attack on Civic Democrat chairman Mirek Topolánek in which he was injured with a stone last August, will be deemed a misdemeanour rather than a criminal offence. Four men are charged with the attack, which left the former prime minister with light injuries to his head. Police have only been able to ascertain that the men threw eggs at Mr Topolánek and do not know who threw the stone. The men were originally to be charged with riotous conduct; they now face a maximum fine of 5,000 crowns each. Mr Topolánek said on Monday that he considers the act an organised rather than spontaneous attack and sharply criticised investigators for being unable to bring the attackers to court.