David Rath corruption scandal takes fresh turn
The corruption scandal surrounding David Rath took another set of twists and turns this week as police accused the former Social Democrat health minister and Central Bohemian governor of taking an additional nine million crowns in bribes. Mr Rath is already remanded in custody as police investigate his involvement in a prior affair.
“I blame the police for misusing extraordinary technical means, instead of using them to fight real crime. I blame the Speaker of the House for extraditing one of her own MPs within one minute. I also blame the opposition for being afraid to stand up to these misguided manipulations.”
Now police are asking parliament for another vote in a fresh case. This time, Rath is accused of accepting an additional nine million crowns in bribes from the head of a hospital in Kladno, Kateřina Pancová and her boyfriend Petr Kott, both also accused in the prior case. Specifically, police are seeking to prosecute Rath on three counts: failing to protect the public interest, failing to properly manage public property and failing to protect public property against abusive practices. As but one example in the endless web of intrigue, the politician is accused of accepting a more than four million payoff from Kott in order to influence the outfitting of medical equipment for a hospital in the town of Kolín and a subsidiary hospital in Kutná Hora.
The fresh parliamentary vote is set to take place some time in September.