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Questions swirl around Czech raids

Jana Nagyova, the head of the prime minister’s office, has been charged with abuse of power.

Petr Sznapka/CTK via Associated Press

Jana Nagyova, the head of the prime minister’s office, has been charged with abuse of power.

PRAGUE — A multipronged scandal involving the prime minister’s top aide, his estranged wife, military spy chiefs, former ruling party lawmakers and kilograms of gold raised unanswered questions Friday about the troubled government of Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas.

Nobody outside the halls of Czech power seems to know what’s going on or how the rapidly-moving developments are connected, but a list of them reads like elements in a spy novel.

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The Czech military was spying on the prime minister’s estranged wife. Millions of dollars and a stash of gold bars were seized by hooded police in 31 overnight raids nationwide.

Czech police and prosecutors said Friday they believe Necas’s closest aide ordered a military intelligence agency to illegally spy on three people, vastly overstepping her authority.

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Prosecutor Ivo Istvan said that Jana Nagyova has been charged with abuse of power and six others face charges of abuse of power or corruption.

Associated Press

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