Minister of Justice Pavel Blažek (ODS) said today on the X social network that he had no reason to take revenge on the former director of the ministry’s insolvency department, Jan Benýšek, who on Tuesday filed a report against his superior, political deputy Antonín Stanislav.
The cancellation of the Nauzal site was reported on Friday. The spokesman of the ministry, Vladimír Řepka, stated in the office’s press release, among other things, that as part of the so-called systemization, which was consecrated by the cabinet on Wednesday, the Department of Insolvency and Forensic Experts was abolished in the section for the coordination of the creation of legal regulations and the prevention of corruption, which was newly divided into two departments – Department of Insolvency and Department of Forensic Experts and Interpreters. “Therefore, two positions are created from one director’s position. The table position of the director will not disappear, it remains at MSp,” said Řepka.
Sir @JanHrebejkI should not appear in the media during the investigation of the case. @SpravedlnostCZ but issued several press releases during the week, from which you will learn, among other things, that Mr. Benýšek’s announcement contains nothing about corruption, that he only mentions his suspicions about the handling of test tests… https://t.co/EiP69KQMeX
— Pavel Blažek (@blazek_p) November 25, 2023
Nauzal reported on Wednesday that Benýšek filed an anti-corruption notice against Stanislav. In the announcement, Benýšek warned that the leadership of the ministry is trying to control the billion-dollar insolvency business. In response, the Department stated that this is an absurd claim, as insolvency proceedings are within the competence of the relevant courts. Stanislav told the server that he could not respond because he did not know about Benýšek’s initiative.
According to Blažek, Benýšek’s announcement does not contain anything about corruption, according to him, the official only mentioned his suspicions regarding the handling of examination tests in 2016, i.e. during the government of Bohuslav Sobotka (ČSSD). According to the minister, Benýšek is among the thousands of other civil servants whose positions the government decided to cancel on Wednesday, for financial reasons.
“The government (nor I) had not the slightest reason to ‘take revenge’ on Mr. Benýšek by canceling his post, as he did not accuse us of anything illegal in his published notice,” added Minister Blažek.
The list News of the Week stated that Benýšek’s announcement is the first known case in which a high-ranking official in the Czech Republic used the new whistleblower protection law. It has been in effect in the Czech Republic since the beginning of August this year and is intended to protect whistleblowers against possible retaliation, particularly by employers. The Ministry of Justice is responsible for checking reported cases.