Social Democrats urge Rath to resign as MP

The leadership of the Social Democratic party has called on former party member David Rath to give up his seat in the lower house. Mr. Rath, who is in custody, facing charges of corruption, has already resigned as governor of Central Bohemia but has given no indication that he plans to vacate his seat in the lower house. This has caused considerable consternation among MPs since it would mean that Mr. Rath would have to be escorted to parliament sessions from jail, flanked by a police escort. Under Czech law an MP cannot be forced into vacating his post and there is no precedent as to how to deal with such a situation.