published: 05.11.2013, 11:39 | updated: 05.11.2013 11:40:41
Brno/Prague - David Rath, a former MP and Central Bohemia Region´s governor for the Social Democrats (CSSD), is not protected by immunity of a lawmaker and the criminal proceedings against him over suspected corruption in Central Bohemia can continue, the Supreme Court (NS) has decided.
The crime of which Rath is suspected is not linked to his mandate of a deputy in the previous election term, NS spokesman Petr Knoetig told CTK today.
The NS verdict cannot be appealed.
Rath, who left the CSSD after corruption charges were filed against him in mid-2012, faces up to 12 years in prison, if found guilty.
Rath has been in custody since May 2012 when he was caught red-handed with a suspected bribe and arrested.
On July 19, 2013, he asked the NS to exempt him from the power of law enforcement bodies. He argued that when his prosecution started, he was not only a regional governor but also a member of the Chamber of Deputies.
The NS, however, has found no reason to comply with Rath´s request.
On July 16, the NS complied with a similar request by Petr Tluchor and Marek Snajdr, two of three former Civic Democrat (ODS) MPs who were prosecuted over having resigned as lawmakers in exchange for lucrative posts in state companies, which the state attorney assessed as corrupt behaviour.
The NS, nevertheless, said Tluchor and Snajdr were exempted from the power of law enforcement bodies as their suspicious behaviour was covered by their immunity as MPs. It later applied the same verdict to the third ODS suspect, Ivan Fuksa.
Rath´s defence counsels Roman Jelinek and Adam Cerny would not comment on the NS´s fresh verdict before receiving its text, Then they would consult further steps with Rath.
A constitutional complaint may come into consideration, Cerny told CTK.
The supervising state attorney, Petr Jirat, voiced satisfaction with the NS decision.
Knoetig said Rath had been released for prosecution in accordance with law. First, the then Chamber of Deputies head Miroslava Nemcova gave consent to Rath´s arrest in May 2012, and on June 5, 2012, the Chamber of Deputies voted to strip him of immunity and release for prosecution.
Rath is suspected of accepting bribes in connection with manipulated tenders for the reconstruction of the Bustehrad chateau, central Bohemia, and modernisation of hospitals in the region.
Another eleven people have been prosecuted in these cases along with Rath.
28.11.2013 | 13:03
Czech President appoints Suchanek constitutional judge
26.11.2013 | 13:50
Czech court releases former MP Rath from custody
11.11.2013 | 15:19
President Zeman appoints three Constitutional Court judges
07.08.2013 | 12:36
11.12.2013 | 21:02
11.12.2013 | 18:17
11.12.2013 | 15:20
Czech CSSD, ANO, KDU-CSL agree on draft govt coalition agreement
11.12.2013 | 12:32
Aero Vodochody developing new L-169 aircraft - servers
11.12.2013 | 11:15
Czech chief of staff unharmed in attack on Kabul air base
11.12.2013 | 10:34