Saturday, November 1, 2008

Czech counter-intelligence haunts Czech expatriates

Czech counter-intelligence haunts Czech expatriates

Nobody likes it when the police knocks on their door. Especially when it comes to federal cops, but there are some situations, when concern of federal cops from a civilized country is more than welcome. Australian citizen Jiri Vanek, who emigrated from communist Czechoslovakia in 1978, and was illegally stripped of Czechoslovak citizenship, became a pain in the ass to the Czech counter-intelligence service BIS. Jiri Vanek is not just another expatriate; he signed the Charter 77, and in 1978 he was forced by the StB to leave his home country, expelled to Austria and forced to give up Czechoslovak citizenship. However, Jiri Vanek never accepted this illegal decision of Czechoslovak court.

From the time which he spent with Czechoslovak dissidents, Jiri Vanek knew not only Vaclav Havel, but unfortunately also current BIS officer colonel Frantisek Starek called "Cunas" and director of Olomouc subsidiary of BIS colonel Jan Princ, who is the main initiator of the endless bullying of Vladimir Hucin . Jiri Vanek did a great job in making these illegal activities of the Czech counter-intelligence department public. He put together the first petition against Hucin's illegal detention, and published all information about this ill-famous event on his page Bohemia News. His letters to state authorities were totally different from everything these officials could see previously, because of the total lack of humility of the government's request for a response which is so common in all post-totalitarian states. Moreover, Jiri Vanek knew all of these "old beer scouts" personally from his years in dissent and knew all too well their well concealed stories which usually disqualify people from state service in all civilized countries. For example: The current chief of BIS in Olomouc, Jan Princ prior to 1989 owned a passport with a number series which was issued only to StB employees and co-operators should prevent him from getting a security clearance in any civilized country. Because of this annoying voice from Down Under, BIS started to be concerned about the good name of Czech Republic abroad and refreshed its experience from trainings in Moscow. This actually should not be a big surprise for those who know about the legal and personal connection of BIS and StB. How it was documented by Mr Pavel Trhlik , after the Velvet takeover, many former employees of StB (communist state security) were transferred to the so called "democratic BIS". Shortly after giving this evidence to the BIS officer (1991 – 2001) and former political prisoner Vladimir Hucin, Pavel Trhlik was stabbed to death by former StB members. This witness statement was given to the District Court in Prerov by Pavel Trhlik's father, Mr.Jindrich Trhlik in July 2005 during the trial with Cpt. Vladimir Hucin. Pavel Trhlik was one of three Hucin's informers who was tortured to death after the so called "Velvet revolution" because of his cooperation with pro-democratic elements within the state authorities. To ensure protection of sources who without any doubt were in danger of violent death, Hucin eventually decided to refuse the handing over of the files of his informers to his supervisors after the change of command in 2001.

Olomouc BIS asked the state prosecution in Olomouc (Jan Princ & comp, all these guys know each other so well), which asked the Czech diplomatic mission in Australia, which asked the Australian Federal Police to investigate whether Australian citizen, Jiri Vanek visited the Czech Republic around January 13, 2005. What was "coincidentally" the time when the bomb attacks in Moravia occurred. The State prosecution in Olomouc was also interested in whether Jiri Vanek knows the following people:

Radim OBST (State Prosecution, District Prerov), Karel STUDENY (in position of power in State prosecution, Region Ostrava, subsidiary Olomouc), Vladimir DOSTAL (former communist attorney, State prosecution Olomouc, position of power), Petr KOVANDA (deputy in chief in Supreme state prosecution in the Czech Republic), Ladislav PROUZA (state prosecutor in Jesenik, Northern Moravia), Ondrej STARY (police interrogator). All of these people were connected with activities against Cpt Vladimir Hucin either in the Police, BIS, or State prosecution. Radim Obst supervised Hucin's current trial, and state prosecutors Studeny – Dostal – Kovanda – Prouza boycotted Hucin's attempts to achieve rehabilitations of imprisonments for political crimes during the communist era. Ondrej Stary is responsible for placing Hucin in psychiatric hospital in Brno after his detention in 2001.

In the beginning of 2007, Jiri Vanek sent out to all Czech newspapers this information:

"Dear ladies and gentlemen, during the past days I was contacted by agents of Australian Federal Police (AFP) in Sydney who asked me if they can visit me at home. Based on the request from the State prosecution in Olomouc, the Czech Republic, they were supposed to investigate whether I visited the Czech Republic around January 13 2005; and whether I know Radim OBST, Karel STUDENY, Vladimir DOSTAL, Petr KOVANDA, Ladislav PROUZA, Ondrej STARY. These names are everywhere, just check the Internet."

The AFP agents found out that Jiri Vanek was in the Czech Republic the last time in 1991, and the people about whom the State prosecution was concerned so much were still riding their tricycles at the time when Vanek was living in Czechoslovakia. AFP agents advised Jiri Vanek that he has no duty to answer queries of foreign consulates, said goodbye and left. This case was just another malicious action of Czech BIS, State prosecution and embassy's full of old (ex)communist staff. What a surprise, he never got an answer from any accountable institution. Czech consul in Australia Mr. Srol discussed this affair with Jiri Vanek on the phone, but denied that this request came through his office. On October 18, 2009, Jiri Vanek sent a query to the Supreme State prosecutor Renata Vesecka.

What does this mean? It means that the current neo-communist, pseudo-democratic, regime in the Czech Republic is so unsure about its stability that it is scared of one retired expatriate somewhere in Australia who publishes alternative newspaper on the Internet? It is the same case as in

Husak's era when ownership of George Orwell's book 1984 was a crime for which people could end up in jail. Maybe current director of BIS Jiri Lang should ask BIS to do what intelligence service is supposed to do and replace old StB cadres with people who meet the western standards for state service instead of harassment of old expatriates who do not have Czech citizenship for many years. But this task obviously requires people of totally different qualities.

Autor: Eeastern Europe News