published: 08.09.2012, 11:10 | updated: 08.09.2012 11:12:11
Prague - Czech papers comment on the speech by former Central Bohemia governor David Rath in the Chamber of Deputies before it decided on his release for criminal prosecution in another corruption case relating to him.
A rerun usually has a different atmosphere than the premiere and this repeated performance, too, was not as dramatic as the first, Ondrej Neff writes in Lidove noviny.
Besides, the political message of Rath's speech lacked the urgency of the first, Neff writes.
However, the allusion that corrupt money finances Social Democrats has provoked a very lively reaction and representatives of other parties must have felt some chill, too, he adds.
Rath is unlikely to ever get rid of the reputation of a thief and liar, Martin Zverina writes in Lidove noviny.
Rath's Friday speech did not bring anything new, Zverina writes.
However, in one sphere, Rath really hit the target when he criticised the leak of police wiretappings, he adds.
The police do not seem to do their most to investigate the fact that the general public can repeatedly read the statements of suspects they made in private, Zverina writes.
In this sense, Rath's case serves as a warning, he adds.
Based on our experience, the suspicion that the police themselves arranged the leak is quite substantial, Zverina writes.
If Rath is exonerated, everything around him will turn into a wonderful pre-political material, Karel Steigerwald writes in Mlada fronta Dnes.
Rath's will shine with a pale light for some more time, Steigerwald writes.
However, one can hardly expect his ascendancy as he has already spent his political potential, he adds.
If Rath is convicted, everything will be immediately over, Steigerwald writes.
It is beyond imagination that a thief would gain public popularity, he adds.
Nevertheless, there are some deliberations on when he returns from the prison to the politics and how he will do so.
But only persons imprisoned for their political and philosophical views, for their political work, for the model of the world rulers do not like return from a prison to politics, Steigerwald writes.
Popular thieves, frauds and liars never return, only after their death as legendary bandits, he adds.
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