Czech Senate May Charge President Zeman with Treason for Telling the Truth
April 27 , 2021 (EIRNS)—The Speaker of the Czech Senate Milos Vystrcil reportedly said on April 26 the Senate will file a complaint against President Milos Zeman for treason, on the grounds that he publicized state secrets. He was referring to the fact that President Zeman had told the Czech Republic the truth: The official report of the state security services gave no evidence that two Russian agents were involved in the explosion at a munitions warehouse in Vrbetice in 2014. Zeman thus exposed the false nature of the charges the government has made against Russia that has led to the mutual expulsion of diplomats.
Vystrcil said they are now looking at this “option” of instituting charges of treason, but for now “we must gather the required information and hear the experts [on constitutional law] over the emerging situation,” reported TASS.
He said the government had already begun gathering signatures under a petition to the Senate demanding that the constitutional complaint to charge Zeman with treason be filed.
The government could be overreacting because the truth would be embarrassing and might even lead to legal action. On April 24, the New York Times reported that Bulgarian arms merchant Emilian Gebrev had confirmed to the news outlet that he had supplied weapons to the Ukrainian government during the active phase of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and stored ammunition in Vrbetice warehouses. This same Gebrev has made the claim that Russian agents on three occasions in the last five years poisoned him with Novichok which he managed to survive. Meanwhile he has been under serious criminal investigation in Bulgaria for corruption.
Also there were allegations reported in the German daily Die Welt that anti-personnel mines had been stored in the warehouse in violation of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, to which the Czech Republic has signed. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on the Die Welt report April 26, saying: “We expect the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Ukraine to provide necessary explanations on the reports of anti-personnel mines kept at the Vrbetice depots in circumvention of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention,” reported TASS.
The Czech Defense Ministry on April 26 rejected the reports but gave no further explanation.