Síkela and BIS

There are rumors in business circles that the bribe for buying Net4Gas was up to Kč 8bn. In-stead of explaining the suspicious purchase after being criticized for it by Daniel Křetínský’sBlesk, Industry Min. Jozef Síkela (STAN) went on the attack and accused Křetínský in theFinancial Times of using his newspaper to promote his own business interests. This prompt-ed Daniel Častvaj of Křetínský’s EPH to tell CzechCrunch that Síkela overpaid for Net4Gasby about Kč 23-27bn. This would indeed leave room for a big bribe. Where is the BIS counter-intelligence agency when you need it? There are four main possibilities: 1) BIS and its foreignpartners monitored the deal and found it to be squeaky clean; 2) BIS monitored the deal,found that it wasn’t squeaky clean and is in the process of taking the appropriate action; 3)BIS is in cahoots with Síkela; 4) BIS isn’t in cahoots with Síkela but decided that Net4Gas is soimportant to Czech national interests that a little baksheesh can be tolerated, at least for now.

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