No release in sight for imprisoned Rath
The legal team representing former central Bohemian governor David Rath has filed a complaint over the 14 million crown bail set by a district court which effectively blocked any chance of release. The deadline for posting bail came and went on Thursday, with family members reportedly only being able to come up with a little over a third of the needed amount.
“[If he was released] there is a very real possibility [that Mr Rath] could try and hide from justice or flee the Czech Republic. The reasons are numerous...”
By contrast, Mr Rath’s lawyers there is little evidence the fallen governor would opt for such an extreme step, citing – above all – strong family ties. Lawyer Adam Černý:
“He has a lot of ties here, he’s lived here all his life, he has two families, he has his father.”
The complaints mean that the bail decision will now be reviewed by a higher-instance court and there are several possibilities over how it could decide; Judge Jiří Wažik, who issued the original decision, said the court might rule that a lowering or raising of the amount was impermissible. Likewise, the court could rule the amount set was excessive. In any case, the matter will then return to the district court for Prague-East to be decided again. So far Mr Rath’s lawyers are keeping quiet on exactly how they will handle matters then.