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Czech republic  |  November 26, 2012 15:55:12

Influential businessman Bakala sent half a million to Schwarzenberg's candidacy


PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - Half a million Czech crowns from multimiliardáře Zdenek Bakala, whose name figured in the case OKD, landed last week on account of the presidential candidate Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP 09). Mediafax agency on Monday found insight on transparent account, which is a mandatory part of the nomination.

Karel Schwarzenberg is not worried that such a connection can be damaged. "That's nice of him that sent me money. Everyone knows that with Bakala known for many years, and from him that just raped amount is not overwhelming. Course, I am grateful for any support," said presidential candidate on Monday unless otherwise indicated.

He added that more than a challenge to its legitimacy are afraid to challenge the legitimacy of the entire direct election of the president."What is happening around checking signatures on petitions for partisan candidates, I consider it a much bigger problem," he added.

Zdenek Bakala is one of the seminal figures of the Czech business scene, although its work activity is currently taking place overseas. In the past it with the person Karel Schwarzenberg joined Prime Minister Petr Necas. This April, in an interview with Respect stated that "if I was chairman of TOP 09, I would say, in that period předvelikonočním that God loves me, because the public knows the content of the conversations between the men and Bem Janousek and does not know the contents of such calls between lords and Schwarzenberg Bakala ".

Entrepreneur responded to complaints chief prosecutor's office and an open letter Necas, where he explained that he does not want such a slur.

Bakalov name was widely inflection suspicious privatization of the Ostrava-Karvina down (OKD). Entrepreneur of the year 2004 the group purchased Karbon Invest, which fell under just such OKD. Its property and accounted for 45,000 flats that Bakala publicly promised to sell to tenants. But right then partially transferred to entities with unclear ownership structure and renounced responsibility for apartments. Outrage tenants emphasized that Bakala made a commitment not to transfer flats for five years to a third party. Flats but ended up in possession of his own real estate office.

CSSD deputy chairman Lubomir Zaoralek described in 2008 Bakalov dealing with flats for gaunerství, for which he raced Bakala trial. However, he had repeatedly agreed with Social Democrat with the fact that it is a legitimate criticism.

In 2006, the magazine mogul share Respect, and two years later bought a majority stake forms Economia, which publishes newspapers such as Economic.

Connections with influential entrepreneurs bring to light the interests of other presidential candidates. In the case of Jan Fischer is a Jaroslav Soukup Medea own agency that issues such as Week or instinct. Soukup Fischer became a media consultant. Name Milos Zeman is again most often connected to Martin Nejedlý, Czech representative of Lukoil.

Katerina Šurmanová, surmanova@mediafax.cz

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