Minister of Defense denies allegation of ministry corruption

22-02-2010

Minister of Defense Martin Barták on Monday met with Prime Minister Jan Fischer and other members of the government to discuss a scandal over alleged corruption in his ministry. The scandal involves a 14.4 billion crown contract to buy armored personnel carriers for the Czech army that was given to the Austrian company Steyr. Mladá fronta Dnes reported last week that the company Steyr had hired lobbyist Jan Vlček on the explicit promise that he would deliver meetings with particular Czech politicians and senior military figures to help the company win the tender.

Mr. Barták, who has strongly denied allegations of corruption, said at a press conference later that the prime minister had welcomed the information he was given and deemed it factual.