Topolanek scandal sparks debate on former intelligence officers’ activities

08-08-2009

The latest scandal surrounding Civic Democrat leader Mirek Topolánek has sparked a debate on whether certain restrictions should be placed on the work activities of former intelligence officers. Mr. Topolánek was secretly filmed while on holiday, in the act of meeting with lobbyists and business leaders and it has now emerged that the photographs, which were leaked to the press, were taken by former intelligence officers. This has resulted in accusations that politicians use former intelligence officers for their own political ends. Czech law does not restrict former officers in their work activities but according to David Ondračka, head of the Czech branch of Transparency International some restrictions would be reasonable.