By ČTK / Published 22 November 2007
BIS: Mafia, Russian agents gaining ground in ČR
Prague, Nov 21 (CTK) – Regional and nationwide organised crime groups intensified pressure on the state administrative bodies in the Czech Republic last year, trying to gain money via state orders and subsidies, says the 2006 annual counter-intelligence service (BIS) report, released on the BIS website Wednesday.

Especially dangerous for the Czech Republic are various associations focusing on business relations with countries and nations of the former Soviet Union and certain business groups in the Czech Republic seeking to influence the civil service, the BIS report says.

On the other hand, the neo-Nazi movement in the Czech Republic is decentralised and it mostly works on the basis of small regional groups, the report says.

BIS has found out that organised crime is primarily interested in the persons who decide on public orders, drawing of finance from public budgets and funds and the sale of state property and who influence zoning plans.

These people, who have access to strategic information, allegedly often show interest in the purchase or orders, and thereby get into a conflict of interest, particularly in north Bohemia, the BIS report says.

BIS has also monitored signals about contacts of persons linked to organised crime groups with some policemen.

Influential groups, mainly those linked to controversial Czech businesspeople, are trying to penetrate the judiciary to be able to influence its decision-making on serious cases, the report says.

However, the suspicion of a broader illegal structure profiting from the influence on bankruptcies and striving to penetrate into the state administration and judiciary was not confirmed, the BIS report says.

BIS’s attention also focused on the business sector. It, for instance, investigated the biofuels producer Setuza company that is connected with a group around businessman Tomas Pitr and murdered Frantisek Mrazek through the Cesky olej company.

According to BIS, this group used its contacts and through “disloyal” employees, including top state civil servants, sought to penetrate the civil service.

Thanks to BIS’s information, several efforts to buy Setuza’s claims under the conditions disadvantageous for the state were thwarted last year.

Some of the groups are so powerful and influential that they seek to influence the laws under preparation so that they meet their interests and goals, BIS says.

Some private companies more and more use the services of lobbyists to obtain exclusive information about the planned privatisations of state-controlled companies, the BIS report says.

BIS has also discovered cases of corruption and some companies’ efforts to expediently distort their economic results.

 

 

You can download the latest annual reports from BIS in English language from the following links:

Annual report 2006

Annual report 2005

Annual report 2004

Annual report 2003