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Prague, Aug 9 (CTK) – The Czech security forces inspectors (GIBS) investigate a suspected abuse of power by an unknown person who warned a businessman of a planned police raid, Lidove noviny (LN) wrote yesterday, adding that the information seems to have been leaked by Police President Tomas Tuhy or a person close to him.

Jiri Komarek, former head of the Ostrava branch of the police anti-mafia squad, said on June 20 that Tuhy is suspected “of a brutal leak of information” within a case involving hundreds of millions of crowns, LN writes and adds that it has found out details about the “gloomy case.”

In late 2014, the GIBS launched proceedings over an abuse of power committed by an “unknown police officer or other persons.” The inspectors enquired into who warned David Tesarik, a businessman from the Tesco SW firm, based in Olomouc, north Moravia, of a planned police raid in September 2014.

David Tesarik is a nephew of Social Democrat (CSSD) senator Martin Tesarik, former governor of the Olomouc Region, the daily writes.

The investigation showed that on the eve of the raid, David Tesarik received a warning from a German phone number. When the inspectors examined the suspicious SIM card, the trace led them to the ex-wife of Tuhy and probably also another person close to him, the daily writes, referring to unspecified GIBS documents.

The warning SMS arrived from a German phone number ending in 312. The owner of this German SIM card communicated with another suspicious German SIM card with a number ending in 015, which was temporarily placed in the same cell phone in which a card registered for Tuhy’s ex-wife was placed, LN writes.

Neither Tuhy nor his family members were unable to explain how the suspicious cell phone appeared in the family, the daily writes.

At least one of Tuhy’s relatives tried to avoid a testimony and said he will use his right not to testify as it could cause the prosecution of a person close to him, the paper writes.

The same argument was used by David Tesarik, when asked to provide a testimony.

Tesco SW categorically refuses to be linked to the information leak.

“No warning SMS was addressed by anyone from the Tesarik family or any other member of the company’s management,” Tesco SW spokesman Tomas Jelinek said in response to LN’s question.

Although the case seems linked to people in the closest surroundings of Tuhy, the investigators have not gained enough evidence to level accusations against a concrete person, which is why they have shelved the case.

They emphasised that the offender or offenders were sly people who used conspirative methods and showed knowledge of the methods used by the police. They only did not expect the buyer of the misused SIM cards will be successfully identified in Germany, GIBS wrote.

Nevertheless, Tuhy can rightfully fear for keeping his security vetting certificate. Moreover, he is a member of the National Security Council which deals with the most sensitive information by the security forces, LN writes.

Tuhy declined to comment on the investigation or explain why a member of his family refused to testify before the GIBS investigators.

“The police president is on holiday. He commented on the fabricated case several days ago,” his spokeswoman Jana Macalikova told LN.

Tuhy dismissed any suspicions on his involvement in the information leak at the end of July.

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