Police investigating Brno politician over Zeman cancer claim

The police are investigating as possible slander a claim by a Brno councillor that President Miloš Zeman had cancer, the newspaper Lidové noviny reported on Saturday. Svatopluk Bartík of the group Žít Brno wrote on his Facebook page in November that the head of state was suffering from the disease and had only a few months to live, arguing that the public had a right to know. The president’s doctors denied the claim.

Police in Brno have launched a criminal investigation into Mr. Bartík’s claims and will file charges if evidence is found, Lidové noviny said. The Office of the President previously filed a criminal complaint against the local politician, along with a demand for an apology and CZK 5 million in compensation.