Lower house strips MP David Rath of immunity

05-06-2012

The lower house of the Czech Parliament on Tuesday voted to strip MP David Rath of immunity, allowing his prosecution on corruption charges. Out of 185 MPs present, 183 voted in favour of Mr Rath’s prosecution. Before the vote, Mr Rath, who has been in police custody since his arrest on corruption charges last month, addressed the lower house of Parliament. In the unprecedented presence of a police escort in the Chamber of Deputies, the former Central Bohemian governor and a prominent opposition figure rejected the corruption charges against him and said he had not accepted any bribes, accusing the government of framing him.

MP David Rath was arrested on May 14 with an alleged bribe of seven million crowns. The police have charged him with corruption related to a public procurement project partially financed with EU funds.