A long-time business partner of the former president’s chancellor, Vratislav Mynář, died in Dubai under still unclear circumstances. The Neovlivní.cz server informed about it with a link to two unnamed sources. Mynář confirmed the death of his friend.
In the past, forty-nine-year-old Martin Horák was connected to Mynář by working in the enforcement business. Horák came to greater attention last year, when his important intermediary role in negotiating contacts with the ruling family in Qatar came to light.
In March 2022, Horák was caught together with Mynář on a plane bound for Qatar to invite the Qatari Emir al-Sani on behalf of President Miloš Zeman. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs distanced itself from his subsequent visit to Prague.
As previously reported by Nauzal, Mynář also looked at possibilities for private deals during negotiations with Qatar. He himself admitted that the entire visit of the Qatari emir was not a diplomatic idea of the president of the republic, but in fact Horák’s business project.
Business project of Mynář’s acquaintance
- Mynář admitted to Seznam Zprávám that he had promised himself an influx of money from the Qataris into private business – the football club FC Slovácko, with which he has been associated for a long time, or Slavia, which is managed by the former influential man of the ČSSD, Jaroslav Tvrdík.
- And Mynář also admitted that the whole trip to Qatar was not the idea of the president of the republic, but a business project of Mynář’s long-time acquaintance Martin Horák, which the Castle only used to attract the nobleman, rich in billions, to Prague.
Mynář and Horák already figured together in the receivables business around the company Tessile ditta, which in 2008 won a large contract for the purchase of receivables from a Prague transport company. Horák subsequently became the economic deputy of this city company. Later, he was also the financial director of the Czech Post and unsuccessfully applied for the highest position in this state-controlled enterprise.
In recent years, in business interviews, Horák acted as an advisor to the Chamber of Commerce for the GCC states and a member of the board of directors of the joint-stock companies Conntis and Pojišťovací mákleřství.
According to Neovlivní.cz, Horák was “in close contact” with the police and intelligence services. He is said to have recently been interrogated at the headquarters for the fight against organized crime.