(Photo: Blesk – Zbyněk Pecák, ČTK)
A Prague court on Thursday jailed a former rising star of Czech politics for taking bribes after police caught him with a wine box stuffed with banknotes, in a rare success for the Czech Republic’s drive to crack down on official corruption.
David Rath, a former health minister and regional governor, was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison for taking over $652,000 (£420,050) in bribes for modernisation projects involving European Union subsidies.
Rath, a 49-year-old doctor, said he was innocent and would appeal. He remains free pending the appeal.
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