MfDnes: John intends to replace police president with former StB officer

16-07-2010

The daily Mladá fronta Dnes writes that Police President Oldřich Martinů will likely be replaced by the current director of the South Moravian police, Tomáš Kužel. If true, the appointment will doubtless stir controversy as Mr Kužel served for several months in the National Security force of the communist secret police in 1989 and was charged with surveillance activities. Before then he had been a member of the Public Security police since 1984. Citing several unnamed sources, Mladá fronta says that Prime Minister Petr Nečas has been informally told of the nomination. New Interior Minister Radek John sparked alarm last week when he said he would likely replace the current police chief with “one of his own people”. He has no yet commented on Mr Kužel’s potential nomination.