Macek forced to apologise to Rath but avoids fine after infamous slap

Former politician Miroslav Macek has been ordered to apologise to MP David Rath after slapping him on the back of the head on stage at a conference in 2006. However, a Prague court rejected a claim by Mr Rath for compensation of CZK 1 million. Mr Macek slapped Mr Rath, who was health minister at the time, after the latter publicly accused him of marrying for money. Video footage of the incident was seen by tens of thousands of people on the internet.

Author: Ian Willoughby