Prominent physician goes on trial

Jaroslav Bartak, a prominent physician who faces seven criminal charges relating to sexual abuse, goes on trial in Prague on Wednesday. Bartak, who owns a private health clinic in Prague, was arrested and taken into custody earlier this year after one of his assistants accused him of having beaten her up, sexually abused her and held her against her will in his hotel room. Her testimony sparked similar confessions from six other former assistants resulting in charges of rape, sexual harassment, blackmail and damage to health. The physician is also suspected of using drugs to make his victims more compliant. If convicted he will face a sentence of up to twelve years.

Author: Masha Volynsky