Purchase of luxury SUVs subject of criminal investigation

26-01-2010

The controversial purchase of luxury Hummer SUVs for the Prague city police will now be the subject of criminal investigation. The Prague City Police did not announce a tender for the purchase, claiming that it had no legal obligation to do so since the value of the cars was under the legal threshold for public tenders- purchases of two million Czech crowns and over. But the anti-corruption watchdog agency Transparency International has issued a statement calling the actions of the Prague City Police “a classic way of violating the law on public tenders” since the police had divided the whole purchase into several smaller ones. For the time being, Mayor of Prague Pavel Bém has decided to send the SUVs to the Czech mission in Haiti, since there is no need for such cars in the city itself.