Michal Koudelka becomes new head of counter-intelligence service

Michal Koudelka officially took up the post of the BIS counter-intelligence service on Monday. Mr Koudelka, who is 51, has worked at the BIS since 1996 and has headed its counter-espionage section for 10 years. He replaces the previous BIS director Jiří Lang, who decided to step down in June after 13 years in the post. The counter-intelligence service is tasked with acquiring information on terrorism, extremism and illegal arms dealing as well as the activities of foreign intelligence services.