Five Charged With Fraud in Prague Public Transport Case

Czech police charged five people for alleged fraud in the procurement of tickets for Prague’s public transportation company, prosecutors said.

The charges against the five unnamed people include collusion and mismanagement in finding a ticket supplier for the Czech capital’s metro, tram, and bus systems, prosecutor Adam Borgula said in a statement published on the website of Prague’s High Prosecutors’ Office.

The case comes amid rising voter anger over corruption that may reshape the Czech political landscape in Oct. 25-26 snap elections. The ballot was called after the government of ex-Prime Minister Petr Necas, which had been credited for trying to clean up public spending, collapsed in June in an alleged bribery and illegal spying scandal.

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