Police charge Prague High Court judge with corruption

Detectives from the National Centre for Combating Organised Crime (NCOZ) have charged five individuals of corruption, the Czech News Agency reported on Saturday. Among them are a judge from the High Court in Prague and an attorney. The charges come after a police raid in the High Court earlier on Saturday, which saw the police search through the office of one of its judges. According to Czech Radio’s Radiožurnál this was the office of Judge Zdeněk Sovák.

The judge in question is accused of manipulating court cases, the High State Attorney in Prague Lenka Bradáčová told the Czech News Agency. Further charges against the five individuals include bribery, abuse of power by an official and money laundering. They can face up to 12 years in jail if the charges prove to be true.