Two requests for abolition, with which Miloš Zeman wanted to protect his close associates, have an end result. The National Security Office (NBÚ) has now concluded without authority that the Castle made a mistake when it transferred the documents to the Secret level, and fined it 30,000 crowns. The current leadership of the presidential office acknowledged the misconduct, but the decision was appealed.
“The Office of the President of the Republic acknowledges the misconduct, does not contradict the findings of the National Security Office, but has filed an appeal against the fine of 30,000 crowns on the grounds of proper stewardship,” castle spokesman Vít Kolář confirmed the information to Deník N. “The current leadership of the Office of the President of the Republic corrected the error itself even before the NBU’s announcement and is cooperating with the office on all actions,” he added.
The abolitions, which the Castle kept secret during Miloš Zeman’s era, were supposed to concern Miloš Zeman’s close associates. At the beginning of last summer, he turned to the Minister of Justice Pavel Blažek (ODS), whom he introduced to the proposals of two abolitions that would prevent possible criminal prosecution of those close to him. The first abolition concerned the examination of the shredding of the Vrbe report, the second the leak of secret information from the BIS.
The castle sent requests to co-sign the abolics by secret mail to the Straka Academy. Prime Minister Petr Fiala introduced them to the government in autumn 2022, which unequivocally rejected it. Zeman tried again later. A few days before leaving office, he requested the co-signature of the abolition regarding the subsidy case of Chancellor Vratislav Mynář.