Czech court: Former PM can be prosecuted

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Supreme Court says that former Prime Minister Petr Necas could face corruption charges, but found that three ex-lawmakers caught up in a linked scandal are legally immune.

Necas' government collapsed in June in a whirlwind of corruption and marital infidelity allegations. Those arrested included Necas' closest aide, with whom he was having an affair. Prosecutors allege the three ex-lawmakers agreed to resign from parliament in exchange for lucrative posts in state-run companies promised them by Necas.

The court confirmed Thursday that because the three were lawmakers then, their actions have parliamentary immunity. But, according to the ruling and spokesman Petr Knotig, Necas can face charges. The premier's position does not have the same immunity as that of a member of parliament.

Related Headlines

  • Andrej Babis, Monika Babis, Jaromir Joo

    No party wins majority in Czech election

    A special parliamentary election held in the Czech Republic left no party with a majority on Saturday, which could lead to protracted negotiations aimed at forming a coalition ... 

  • Czech Communists eye share of power in next vote

    Upcoming parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic could see a result some consider a threat to democracy: a government backed by the hardline Communist Party. The early ... 

  • Bohuslav Sobotka

    Left leader appointed new Czech prime minister

    President Milos Zeman on Friday appointed the leader of the Social Democratic party as the Czech Republic's new prime minister after the party won October's early ... 

  • Milos Zeman

    Czechs to have new PM on Jan 17

    Czech President Milos Zeman said Friday he will appoint the Social Democratic party's leader as the country's new prime minister next week, but set a condition for appointing ...