Funeral service held for former premier Stanislav Gross


The funeral service for former Social Democrat (ČSSD) prime minister Stanislav Gross was held at Prague’s Vyšehrad church on Wednesday morning. The ceremony was attended by current premier Bohuslav Sobotka, foreign minister Lubomír Zaorálek, and interior minister Milan Chovanec and other top members of the party from Gross’ time in power. Gross died last week at the age of 45, apparently from the effects of a paralysing nerve condition. He became prime minister in 2004 at the age of 34 but was forced to resign in the following year after a scandal over how he paid for a Prague flat. He later regreted his series of lies and half truths and said that he should have admitted that the flat was bought from his expenses as a member of parliament.