Rath senior says the millions in cash belong to him

In a written testimony, Ratmír Rath, the father of the former Central Bohemian governor David Rath who is on trial for corruption, has claimed that the almost nine million crowns in cash that the police found last year in his son’s home in Hostivice belong to him. The defendant’s father was unable to attended the hearing on Wednesday for health reasons, but the testimony read out to the court stated that the money were his and his late wife’s savings, most of which Mr. Ratmír Rath earned when he worked as a doctor in Qatar in the 1990’s. The police confiscated the money during the raid last August, on suspicion that it was a bribe. David Rath and ten other defendants are on trial for bribe-taking and the manipulation of tenders in the construction and health care sectors in the Central Bohemia Region.

Author: Masha Volynsky