Press: Chauffeur cooperating with state prosecutor in Barták case
A long-time chauffeur to Jaroslav Barták – a doctor charged with having severely abused his female assistants – will disclose what he knows to the state prosecutor, the news website idnes reports. The chauffeur said that Mr Barták’s victims were terrified of him (he had warned them he had friends in high places) and were afraid to go to the authorities; according to the site, the driver was present during an incident in which one of Mr Barták severely beat an assistant who had been attempting to escape. Known only as ‘Josef’, the driver made clear he owed it to the women ‘to talk’. Jaroslav Barták faces six charges of rape, as well as charges of sexual harassment, criminal threats, limiting personal freedoms and the illegal production of drugs; if found guilty, he could spend up to 12 years in prison.