Energy giant ČEZ stops disconnecting users suspected of stealing electricity

17-02-2010

The Czech energy giant ČEZ stopped on Wednesday disconnecting users suspected of stealing electricity. The company’s head, Martin Roman said such interventions in the past were in line with Czech law but admitted they did not always follow the firm’s code of ethics. ČEZ will now file lawsuits against customers suspected of stealing electricity, instead of immediately disconnecting them from the grid.

ČEZ has recently been criticized over harsh treatment of its customers who the company suspected of stealing electricity. Several media outlets also published video footage earlier this month depicting the paramilitary-style training of the firm’s anti-theft unit.