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Inspection proposes that former police chief be charged

23 October 2012

Prague, Oct 22 (CTK) - The General Inspection of Security Forces (GIBS) has proposed that former Czech police president Petr Lessy be charged over his handing documents to a journalist, Prague State Attorney's Office spokeswoman Stepanka Zenklova told CTK Monday.

According to the GIBS, Lessy passed on documents defaming deputy regional police chief Jaroslav Vanek in connection with the Tofl gang case to his spokeswoman on September 6, 2011 to give them to a journalist.

The GIBS has been prosecuting Lessy since last August on suspicion of abuse of power and libel.

However, Zenklova did not want to say whether the legal classification of the crimes over which Lessy should be charged had changed or not.

If not, Lessy faces up to three years in prison.

The state attorney is studying his files and he is to decide whether he will send the case to court, Zenklova said.

Lessy defends himself saying he was in Ostrava, north Moravia, to pick up his son from hospital on the day when he allegedly committed the crimes.

Interior Minister Jan Kubice signed Lessy's application for a day off then.

Kubice dismissed Lessy almost immediately after he was accused at the end of August.

Lessy was replaced by his former deputy Martin Cervicek in the post of Czech police chief.

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