Rath says he’ll spill the beans on shady party financing practices


David Rath, formerly a prominent member of the Social Democratic Party who is to be tried for corruption, has threatened to unveil allegedly corrupt practices in financing the party’s election campaigns. In an interview for the daily Mlada Fronta Dnes Mr. Rath sent the party a thinly-veiled threat from his prison cell saying the public would soon learn how the strongest opposition party raised money for its election campaigns. The former governor of central Bohemia who has been held in custody since May after being caught with an alleged seven million crown bribe on his person, previously hinted that the money had been destined for party coffers. The party has distanced itself from Mr. Rath and maintains that its finances are above board.