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Former chief hygiene officer convicted of abuse of power

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Prague, June 30 (CTK) – Former Czech chief sanitary officer Michael Vit was convicted of abuse of power and breach of trust in property administration for having concluded redundant agreements for the Health Ministry Tuesday.

Vit was given a three-year suspended sentence and fined 1.7 million crowns.

The Prague Municipal Court decided in the appeals proceedings that the probationary period for Vit should be shortened from five to four years.

According to the indictment, Vit arranged for the conclusion of three consultancy agreements in a dubious way.

The consultancy was then provided for the ministry and the State Health Institute in Ostrava, north Moravia, by former Chamber of Deputies member Otakar Vychodil, the husband of a subordinate of Vit.

The professional value of the delivered texts was all but none, the court ruled.

As the ministerial staff were to provide the analyses, it was not necessary to commission the work externally, it added.

Due to the crime, roughly two million crowns were sent from the state coffers to a businessman, the court said.

Vit has pleaded not-guilty.

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