Police request Bárta be stripped of immunity

The anticorruption police has asked Parliament to strip the former transport minister and Public Affairs MP Vít Bárta of his immunity so that he can be investigated for corruption. Mr Bárta is suspected of attempting to bribe fellow party members for their loyalty and confidentiality; he contends that the money was offered as loans. Requests for the withdrawal of a parliamentarian’s immunity are reviewed by the parliamentary mandate committee, which then makes a recommendation to MPs on how to vote on the matter. When Parliament decides against giving up a member for investigation, he or she cannot be investigated on the same grounds, even after their term of office expires.