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Wife of Czech ex-PM faces trial for abuse of power

November 20, 2014

PRAGUE (AP) — The wife of former Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas went on trial in Prague on Thursday over a case that brought down his government.

Jana Necasova, formerly Jana Nagyova, is charged with abuse of power along with two former heads of the military intelligence agency, Ondrej Palenik and Milan Kovanda and intelligence agent Jan Pohunek.

Necas’ government collapsed last year in a spectacular whirlwind of corruption and marital infidelity allegations.

State prosecutor Rostislav Bajger said Thursday that Nagyova — then Necas’ chief of staff — ordered the military intelligence agency in 2012 to spy on Necas’ estranged wife, Radka.

Presenting the case, Bajger said Nagyova used her position and relation with Necas “to gain personal information” about Necas’ wife.

He said Nagyova had no right to request such activities, which would need court approval or would have to be approved by the government or the president.

The three military agency officials previously denied wrongdoing. Necasova has not commented yet.

Judge Helena Kralova adjourned the hearing until Jan. 12 to get an extended approval from the Defense Ministry for the spy agency officials to speak about classified matters.

After his government’s fall in June 2013, Necas admitted having an affair with Nagyova. He has since divorced his first wife and married Nagyova.

Necas is a witness in the case.

His conservative Civic Democratic Party that once dominated national politics was punished by voters in last year’s early parliamentary election, receiving a record low 7.7 percent of the vote.

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