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Falkon Deal May Not Be Published Without Russia’s Consent

PRAGUE, Jan 15 (CTK) — The Czech side can­not pub­lish the con­tents of the agree­ments under which it sold to the Falkon Cap­i­tal firm the Russ­ian debt for 20 bil­lion crowns with­out approval of Rus­sia, Deputy Pre­mier and Labour and Social Affairs Min­is­ter Vladimir Spid­la told CTK today.

The dis­clo­sure of the agree­ments was demand­ed by the oppo­si­tion after spec­u­la­tions in Russ­ian press appeared that Falkon is con­nect­ed with inter­na­tion­al ter­ror­ism, name­ly Sau­di- born mul­ti- mil­lion­aire Osama bin Laden.

“The infor­ma­tion which I have at my dis­pos­al and which I had ver­i­fied is that there are many firms named Falkon in the world,” Spid­la told CTK.

The infor­ma­tion came from Russ­ian jour­nal­ist Oleg Lurye, who wrote it in the week­ly Novaya gaze­ta on Mon­day.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the firm and the Czech gov­ern­ment have dis­missed the alle­ga­tions.

Lurye drew the infor­ma­tion about Falkon and Osama being con­nect­ed from Alger­ian news­pa­pers, accord­ing to Spid­la. The oppo­si­tion Civic Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty (ODS) lead­er­ship called on the gov­ern­ment today to clar­i­fy con­nec­tions of Falkon Cap­i­tal firm to inter­na­tion­al ter­ror­ism and release the agree­ments.

Both the ODS and the Quad-Coali­tion politi­cians said that they had had doubts about the debt trans­ac­tion before.

The oppo­si­tion Free­dom Union/DEU, a mem­ber of the 4K, also called on the gov­ern­ment to check all doubts about Falkon and to dis­close the rel­e­vant agree­ment.

“The ODS is wor­ried by the pub­lished infor­ma­tion pro­vok­ing doubts about this firm. We are ask­ing the gov­ern­ment to prove clear­ly and intran­si­gent­ly the puri­ty of the entire oper­a­tion,” ODS deputy chair­man Ivan Langer said today at a spe­cial par­ty press con­fer­ence.

Though Falkon’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives as well as the Czech gov­ern­ment have dis­missed the Russ­ian week­ly alle­ga­tion, Inte­ri­or Min­is­ter Stanislav Gross has asked the Office for For­eign Rela­tions (counter-intel­li­gence) to check the infor­ma­tion.


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