Newspaper: police complete Cunek investigation

27-04-2007

The Czech newspaper Pravo has reported that police have concluded their investigation into a corruption case involving former mayor of Vsetin and current Deputy Prime Minister Jiri Cunek. According to the daily's Friday edition, investigators will propose the state attorney prepare the case for prosecution. Mr Cunek is alleged to have accepted a 500,000 crown bribe from the owner of a real estate firm in return for the sale of the majority stake in a Vsetin housing company. Both Mr Cunek and the company owner have denied any wrong-doing. The investigation into the deputy prime minister's business dealings has complicated his position in the government for some time, with coalition members the Greens earlier calling on Mr Cunek to step down.