Controversial former Education Ministry employee Ladislav Bátora, who resigned from his post as head of Human Resources last year and later as an advisor, received a severance package of 250,000 crowns, the Czech daily Mladá fronta Dnes reported. Both Mr Bátora, the former head of an ultra right-wing think tank, and the health minister, Josef Dobeš, declined to comment. The ministry’s spokesman, Antonín Zelenka, explained that Mr Bátora had a right to severance pay as his post had been abolished. Mr Bátora was at the centre of several scandals last year, voicing – for example – highly-controversial opinions about a gay rights event in the capital; he also made insulting comments on the internet about the country’s foreign minister, for which his boss - Education Minister Josef Dobeš – later apologised.
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