Corruption trial of David Rath adjourned after “obstruction”

The trial on corruption charges of former politician David Rath has been adjourned. The one-time health minister and regional governor on Tuesday arrived at court for the second time without a lawyer who would have delivered closing arguments in his defence. The state attorney described the move as “extreme obstruction”. The Regional Court in Prague said it planned to choose a lawyer to appoint to him today but adjourned the case until June 2. The former Social Democrat politician was arrested in 2012 on suspicion of accepting bribes to rig contracts. Several others accused alongside him have been found guilty in a separate trial.

Author: Ian Willoughby