Czech pilot arrested in CASA corruption case


The police have arrested a Czech pilot who is related to investigations over the CASA military planes scandal involving former defence minister Vlasta Parkanová back in 2009. The pilot, 31-year-old Karel Daňhel, has reportedly been providing police with information regarding suspicions he experienced in relation to the CASA purchases; details regarding why he was arrested remain sketchy, but reports suggest it may be related to an as yet unspecified case of sexual misconduct. Ondrej Páleník, chief of Czech military intelligence is alleged to have claimed that Daňhel was taking kickbacks from the arms producer Omnipol – this has been denied by the company. Meanwhile, Daňhel has reportedly claimed that pressure was exerted to purchase the overpriced CASA military jets by Martin Barták, Parkanová’s deputy.