Rath has day to find new defence lawyer

Former MP and regional governor David Rath, on trial on charges of corruption, has one day to find a new lawyer, the judge overseeing his case ruled, after the defendant annulled the power of attorney he had granted his former defence team. The trial is in its final stage; the latest step was described as an effort to try and return to case to the beginning by the regional court spokeswoman. Mr Rath’s case was additionally delayed recently after a biking accident left him injured in hospital. If found guilty, the suspect faces up to 12 years in prison; Mr Rath is alleged to have taken bribes and of having manipulated public tenders. He was caught red-handed in May of 2012 with seven million crowns in a wine box he was carrying.

Author: Jan Velinger