Ex-health minister David Rath running for Senate

A former health minister and regional governor sentenced for corruption has announced that he will run for the Senate. David Rath, arrested with millions of crowns on his person six years ago and accused of rigging public contracts, was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison last month. He appealed the verdict.

The former governor of Central Bohemia said he would stand for elections in Litoměřice, a locality he knows well having spent a long time in custody there. If elected to the Senate, he would acquire immunity from prosecution.

He told journalists that if elected he wanted to fight the privatisation of the Litoměřice hospital, excessive bureaucracy and migration.