- Hans Weber
- December 1, 2023
Former Deputy Interior Minister and Pirate MP Lukas Kolarik Faces Investigation for Physical Assault
In a recent turn of events, former Deputy Interior Minister and ex-Pirate MP Lukas Kolarik is under investigation by the police following accusations of physical assault made against him by his former assistant. Reports surfaced yesterday in Seznam Zpravy, shedding light on the troubling incident that allegedly occurred after an Interior Ministry event that Kolarik attended.
The situation has had far-reaching consequences within the Pirate Party, as Kolarik, during a Pirate Party forum, voluntarily requested the suspension of his party membership. The party’s board is set to deliberate on the matter this coming Sunday, as confirmed by Pirate Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Bartos through Twitter.
Kolarik’s resignation from the Interior Ministry a few weeks prior, citing personal reasons, initially raised eyebrows. Denik N had reported at the time that Kolarik’s departure was linked to a physical altercation. Subsequently, Kolarik confirmed the connection, stating, “My resignation is partly related to an incident in which my wife was physically assaulted and which I personally failed to deal with.” He refrained from providing further comments to safeguard his family’s privacy. However, Seznam Zpravy later revealed the incident involved Kolarik, his wife Jana, and his assistant, with whom he was allegedly having an affair.
According to Seznam Zpravy, Kolarik reportedly shared in a non-public section of the Pirate forum that the assistant had entered their room and physically assaulted his sleeping wife, even threatening her with a knife. In response, the assistant refuted Kolarik’s claims, stating that he had struck her twice with his fist and kicked her repeatedly during an argument. She denied ever brandishing a knife.
Kolarik, defending himself, claimed he acted in self-defense, stating, “there was only a punch, which was preceded by an unauthorized entry into the room in which we were sleeping, an armed assault on my wife, and an assault on me.”
In light of the emerging details, the Prague police have initiated a full-fledged investigation to ascertain the truth and uncover all relevant circumstances surrounding the incident. The events allegedly occurred on 1 June at the Spiritka hotel in Prague’s Brevnov district, a facility owned by the Interior Ministry.
Interior Minister Vit Rakusan of the STAN party has also pledged to conduct an internal inquiry into the matter, expressing concern over the seriousness of the situation.
Kolarik’s decision to suspend his party membership reflects his desire to distance the Pirate Party from the ongoing media scandal. Pirate Party leader Ivan Bartos has reassured the public that the party has taken the situation seriously from the outset and is addressing it with utmost diligence.
As the investigation unfolds, public attention remains fixed on the case of Lukas Kolarik, and the legal proceedings will undoubtedly have significant implications for both him and the Pirate Party. The authorities’ pursuit of the truth and justice will determine the course of action and potential consequences for all parties involved.
Article by Prague Forum