State attorney’s office presents corruption charges against former transport minister

The state attorney’s office has filed charges against former transport minister and de-facto leader of the junior coalition partner Public Affairs Vít Bárta. According to the public prosecutor, Mr. Bárta is accused of attempted bribery of former Public Affairs senior MP Kristýna Kočí. In connection with the case, independent MP Jaroslav Škárka, formerly of the Public Affairs party, is also facing charges for allegedly having used part of the bribe money. If found guilty, Mr. Bárta and Mr. Škárka could face up to six and three years in prison, respectively.

While both Mr. Bárta and Mr. Škárka as MPs had immunity from criminal prosecution, the lower house of Parliament voted to strip them of their immunity in August of last year. The corruption scandal within the junior coalition party brought the government to the brink of collapse and led to the resignation of Mr. Bárta following allegations of bribery and vested financial interests in April of last year.

Author: Sarah Borufka

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