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Chalupa: Czech Military Intelligence not behind leak of info

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Prague, Feb 24 (CTK) – The Czech Military Intelligence (VZ) has practically nothing in common with the leak of information in the case of five Czechs detained in Lebanon, Bohuslav Chalupa (ANO), chairman of the Chamber of Deputies VZ watchdog commission, told CTK on Wednesday.

However, he said it is necessary to discuss ways of improving coordination between the secret services, which is not good.

Most of the information that the commission debated on Wednesday is not publicly available.

The VZ is operablee and it fulfils its tasks, Chalupa said, adding that the previous resolution according to which the VZ and its leadership enjoy the commission’s trust is still valid.

The five Czechs who were detained in Lebanon from last summer until early February, included VZ member Martin Psik.

Chalupa would not say whether Psik was assigned to go to Lebanon.

According to some media, the Czechs fell into a trap set by the Lebanese secret service that wanted to attain the release of its alleged agent Ali Fayad, held in custody in the Czech Republic.

Media also wrote that a mediator offered information on a Czech man kidnapped in Libya several months before the Czechs went to Lebanon. The Czech civilian intelligence considered the offer a trap, the VZ sent Psik to Lebanon, the media wrote.

A political debate on the case was triggered by Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky (ANO) who conceded in media that Fayad’s not being extradited to the United States was a condition for the release of the five Czechs.

The decision not to extradite Fayad was made by Justice Minister Robert Pelikan (ANO).

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