Final Word from Thursday, April 21, 2016

Join the fights against terrorism, drug trafficking or money laundering, and the world is your oyster. Interior Min. Milan Chovanec wants to use such magic words to make it possible for the ÚZSI spy agency (the counterpart of the CIA) to operate on Czech soil. Director Martin Janeček of the GFŘ tax authority doesn't have official access to the Panama Papers but already knows that most of the cases listed there must involve money laundering, giving Andrej Babiš's people every right to crack down. If this same logic applied to politicians, wouldn't Bohuslav Sobotka have to be reported under the money-laundering law for illegally harboring Zdeněk Altner's money in ČSSD's account? And what about Babiš himself? If Stork's Nest involved subsidy fraud, then isn't he conspiring to create the impression that the money derived from a legal source? Sound absurd? Then politicians should themselves quit throwing around such terms so easily. [Czech Republic Minister lawyer intelligence]

Glossary of difficult words

the world is your oyster - you are in a position to take the opportunities that life has to offer;

to crack down - to take severe measures;

to harbor - to give a home or shelter to a criminal or to criminal activity


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