The regional council of the ODS in the Olomouc Region proposed to the republican assembly of the party the abolition of the regional association of the ODS in Přerov. On Friday, its chairman, Igor Kraicz, resigned as a member of the ODS regional council and from his position in the bodies of the regional council. According to Deník N, Kraicz owed two million crowns to businessman and former party member Robert Knobloch (formerly ODS), who was prosecuted in the case of influencing transport contracts in the Olomouc region.
The ODS Republican Assembly will discuss the proposal to abolish the Přerov cell on December 11. “At the same time, the regional council expresses its will to establish a new regional association of the ODS Přerov as soon as possible,” said the deputy chairman of the ODS regional association and MP Martin Major.
Abolishing the Přerov ODS cell is also a good step, according to party vice-chairman Martin Kupka. “The ODS clearly stands by the whole case and cuts off any doubts or speculations,” he told ČTK.
The head of the parliamentary club of civil democracy and one of its prominent faces, Marek Benda, shares the same opinion. According to him, the local people know the concrete realities best, and the opinion of the regional council must be respected. “Who am I to prescribe solutions for them from Prague (despite the fact that I was a Member of Parliament there in the past),” asked Benda rhetorically.
Last week, police officers charged 13 people in the case of illegally influencing transport contracts in the Olomouc Region. Among them is businessman and former member of the regional council of the ODS Knobloch, former regional chairman of the ODS, former governor’s deputy and Přerov councilor Michal Zácha (formerly of the ODS) or the dismissed director of the regional road administration David Štěpánek. Zach and Knobloch left the ranks of the ODS because of the accusations. Zácha also resigned from the post of governor’s deputy and councilor in Přerov, where he comes from.
Last week, on Monday, detectives from the National Central Office against Organized Crime intervened not only at the Olomouc regional office and the Přerov town hall, where Zácha had an office as a vacant councilor, but also at construction companies, at the Road Administration of the Olomouc Region and at the home of the accused.
Members of the group are accused of crimes such as obtaining an advantage in the awarding of a public contract, in a public tender and public auction, for collusion in connection with the awarding of a public contract, for accepting a bribe, bribery, fraud and abuse of authority of an official. According to prosecutors, they participated in the criminal activity as members of an organized criminal group or for its benefit.
Hejtman Josef Suchánek (STAN) told ČTK on Thursday that, according to preliminary police calculations, the damage was around 50 million crowns. The regional office has already joined the lawsuit and will demand compensation for the damage, which will be specified later. The accused face many years in prison.