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Former regional governor Rath to be tried soon

13 February 2013

Prague, Feb 12 (CTK) - The anti-corruption police will propose that corruption charges be brought against David Rath, Central Bohemia governor and the Chamber of Deputies member who has been in custody since May 2012, at the end of February at the latest, state attorney Petr Jirat told CTK yesterday.

The charges will also be brought against Rath's accomplices, Jirat said.

Some of the defendants are still being acquainted with the file, but this is to be finished by the end of the week, Jirat said, adding that he would like to file the indictment in the course of March.

Rath, a doctor by profession, is also a former health minister for the Social Democrats (CSSD). Despite repeated calls, he has refused to leave the Chamber of Deputies to which he was elected in 2010.

"Rath certainly has not been fully acquainted with the file," Jirat said.

"Roughly one half of them have signed that they have done so. The other half must do so by the end of the week," Jirat said.

Rath's lawyer Roman Jelinek said his client had the deadline to study the file until Wednesday.

In all, Rath has had 12 days to read some 23,000 pages of the file, Jelinek said.

Rath was caught red-handed with seven million crowns, a suspected bribe, in May, and charged with corruption linked to the planned reconstruction of the Bustehrad chateau, central Bohemia.

The Chamber of Deputies has stripped him of deputy's immunity and he was remanded in custody.

Later, deputies released Rath for prosecution on suspicion of other bribes connected with purchases of hospital equipment.

Rath has denied any wrongdoing.

Along with Rath, another ten persons are being prosecuted over the same crime.

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