In the case of illegal influencing of public contracts for transport constructions in the Olomouc region, the prosecutors filed one motion for arrest, 13 people are accused. The Municipal Court in Brno will decide on custody, Olomouc chief prosecutor Radim Dragoun told ČTK today. According to him, most of the accused confessed to the crime and were released after questioning. According to information from ČTK, a request for detention was filed against businessman and member of the ODS regional council, Robert Knobloch. The Brno court will decide on it this afternoon. According to information from ČTK, the Municipal Court in Brno authorized house searches.
Police charged 13 people in the case on Tuesday, most of whom committed crimes for the benefit of an organized crime group. Among them is the regional head of the ODS and deputy governor for transport Michal Zácha (ODS), who was released on Tuesday afternoon after being questioned and informed of the accusations. According to Deník N, Knobloch was a key person in the entire group who was involved in influencing transport orders. The fifty-four-year-old businessman and lobbyist was a long-term sponsor of the party, according to the commercial register, he is the owner or co-owner of a number of companies, he is also a co-owner of the Trumf Shopping Center, the Devět křížů restaurant on D1 and the U Madony guesthouse in Přerov, ČTK found out.
On Monday, detectives from the National Central Office against Organized Crime (NCOZ) intervened not only at the Olomouc regional office and the Přerov town hall, where Zácha has an office as a vacant councilor, but also at construction companies, at the Olomouc Region Road Administration (SSOK) and at the home of the accused. According to ČTK information, the current director of SSOK David Štěpánek was also detained. According to Deník, N is on the list of accused along with the former director Petr Foltýnk and two other workers from the regional road administration, there are also four leading representatives of construction companies.
They are accused of crimes such as obtaining an advantage in the awarding of a public contract, in a public tender and public auction, for conspiracies in connection with the awarding of a public contract, for accepting a bribe, bribery, fraud and abuse of authority of an official. Most of the accused are accused of committing these crimes for the benefit of an organized criminal group, as well as the crime of participating in an organized criminal group, Olomouc chief prosecutor Radim Dragoun said.