The summer scandal over former prime minister Mirek Topolánek’s Tuscan villa holiday has taken a new turn. Czech newspapers said on Tuesday they had traced ownership of the villa to a Lichtenstein company, Raben Anstalt, which is in turned linked via a banker to Czech-Slovak investment group J&T. J&T is seeking to develop its energy business fast in the Czech Republic. Ironically, the head of the Civic Democrats also spent his Italian break with lobbyists from state-controlled power giant ČEZ. Party leaders on Tuesday made public the rental contract for the villa signed by Topolánek’s close adviser, Marek Dalík. He said he knew of nothing about Raben Anstalt’s business links.
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