MP Šlégr offers to guarantee Rath in case of bail

MP Jiří Šlégr of the LEV 21 party has offered to guarantee fellow member David Rath in the event of his being released from prison. Mr Šlégr said he wanted to allow the former governor of Central Bohemia to be in contact with his children and did not believe that Dr Rath would leave the country or continue in the crimes for which he is being prosecuted. David Rath has been in prison since mid-May, when he was caught receiving a suspected bribe of seven million crowns which police believe involved rigging tenders for EU-funded projects. Media reports have suggested he may be eligible for bail in mid-August, though the police have declined to comment.