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Steyr named in Czech corruption case

Austrian arms company Steyr is at the centre of a corruption scandal in the Czech Republic.

The Czech Supreme State Attorney’s Office in Prague has pressed charges in the corruption case centring around the purchase of armoured transporters for the Czech army from Steyr.

Public service broadcaster Czech Television reported that the man charged with corruption is former Czech prime minister Mirek Topolánek’s infamous right hand man, Marek Dalík.

Dalík has been investigated by police on suspicion that he demanded a payment of 500 million crowns to make sure that the lucrative order for 107 vehicles was won by the Austrian firm.

The deal was eventually signed in 2009. Dalík served as Topolánek’s advisor between 2006 and 2009. The maximum sentence for corruption in such a case would be 10 years.

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