published: 08.10.2013, 11:55 | updated: 08.10.2013 11:59:33
Prague - The Czech police have accused Metrostav, the biggest Czech construction firm in connection with the corruption case of former regional governor David Rath, Metrostav spokesman Frantisek Polak confirmed to CTK today.
Metrostav rejects any connection with the corruption case and it will defend itself, it said in a written statement.
The firm said it will not comment on the case until it is solved.
The police have accused further seven firms whose heads or managers were charged with manipulating public tender and harming the EU financial interests within the Rath trial that started in August. Nine persons were accused as well, including Rath who has already been charged.
Criminal liability of corporate entities has been effective in the Czech Republic since January. Corporate entities may be fined, their activities may be banned or they even may be cancelled.
The state attorney dealing with the case, Petr Jirat, said the firms are suspected of contribution to the manipulation of public tenders in Central Bohemia, including the reconstruction of the Bustehrad chateau, the grammar school in Hostivice and modernisation of hospitals run by the regional authority.
According to the prosecution, the main organisers of the frauds were former hospital director Katerina Pancova and her partner, former politician Petr Kott. Criminal liability of corporate entities has been effective in the Czech Republic since January. Corporate entities may be fined, their activities may be banned or they even may be cancelled.
Rath is suspected of knowing of the manipulations and receiving a part of the bribes given by the firms to Pancova and Kott. He and other defendants deny the charges.
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