Czech MP faces trial after corruption immunity lifted

Czech MPs stripped a leading politician of his parliamentary immunity on Tuesday in one of the country’s most high-profile corruption cases. David Rath, a former health minister, former governor of the Central Bohemian region and vocal member of the opposition Social Democrats, appeared in Parliament under police escort to defend his mandate, but was cold-shouldered by both fellow party members and the majority of other sitting MPs in a 183 to two vote.

Rath was arrested on 14 May after he was found carrying a wine box containing seven million Czech korunas (EUR 276,309) and which he claimed he thought had contained bottles of wine. “I know that the story seems bizarre but life is full of incredible things,” he subsequently said.

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