Former transport minister charged with corruption

The police on Tuesday charged Public Affairs parliamentary group leader Vit Barta with corruption. The former transport minister was forced to leave his government post earlier this year when he was accused by two former party colleagues of paying them large sums of money for their loyalty and silence on party finance issues. He was recently stripped of his immunity by the lower house, opening the way for a criminal investigation. Another party member Jaroslav Škárka, has also been charged with corruption on the grounds that he accepted a bribe from Mr. Barta. Both men claim they are innocent of the charges against them.