06:54 GMT23 June 2021
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    PRAGUE (Sputnik) - Czech Prosecutor General Pavel Zeman announced his intention to resign in June, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade Karel Havlicek told reporters on Friday.

    "Justice Minister Marie Benesova announced at a government meeting that Prosecutor General Pavel Zeman has expressed the desire to resign on June 30. The cabinet of ministers took note of the information ... without discussing it," Havlicek said.

    Zeman has served as prosecutor-general since 2011. According to media reports, Benesova was in favor of Zeman's resignation due to his statements on the 2014 Vrbetice depot blasts.

    The outgoing official is expected to hold a press conference in connection with his resignation later on Friday.

    In April, Czech Republic announced the expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats from Prague, who were obliged to leave the country within 48 hours. Prime Minister Andrej Babis explained that the move was prompted by "a reasonable suspicion" that Russian military intelligence officers had something to do with the October 2014 explosions at the ammunition depots in Vrbetice. 

    Moscow retaliated by expelling 20 Czech diplomats, prompting Prague to order more diplomats out in response.

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