Police officers around the country are signing a petition in support of police president Petr Lessy, following his confrontation with Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek on Friday. The police president told members of the security and defense committee in Parliament he had been lobbied and even threatened by the finance minister over the investigation into the purchase of CASA planes for the Czech army. The finance minister has strongly rejected the allegations, insisting that the calls were related to the purchase of a new fleet of cars for the police, and has demanded that unless the police president can produce convincing evidence he should resign from office. Lessy says he’s ready to take a lie detector test to prove his case.
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