Czech court issues nine verdicts in Central Bohemia Region’s medical corruption case Reviewed by Momizat on . [caption id="attachment_4763" align="alignnone" width="615"] The Prague Regional Court’s verdict from April 8 is linked to the former Czech Minister of Heath an [caption id="attachment_4763" align="alignnone" width="615"] The Prague Regional Court’s verdict from April 8 is linked to the former Czech Minister of Heath an Rating: 0

Czech court issues nine verdicts in Central Bohemia Region’s medical corruption case

The Prague Regional Court’s verdict from April 8 is linked to the former Czech Minister of Heath and former governor of Central Bohemia Region, David R., who in 2012 made to front pages of the Czech media after police found CZK 7 mln in a box during raid on his property.

The Prague Regional Court’s verdict from April 8 is linked to the former Czech Minister of Heath and former governor of Central Bohemia Region, David R., who in 2012 made to front pages of the Czech media after police found CZK 7 mln in a box during raid on his property.

The Prague Regional Court ruled on April 7 to convict nine of corruption and setting public tenders in medical sector in Central Bohemia region in one of the most closely watched court cases in recent Czech history, the Czech newswire, Prague Monitor, reported April 8.

“The court issued the verdict on nine of the 11 suspects,” the newswire reported. “The verdicts have not taken effect yet. Two of the suspects have already filed appeals, while the others have taken time for consideration. Consequently, the Prague High Court will deal with the case.”

The court convicted Petr K., a former politician and former deputy director in charge of Central Bohemia regional hospitals, and his spouse and former director of one of hospitals in the region, Katerina K. Both were sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for organized corruption in the region connected with setting up construction and health care contracts.  The court also seized almost CZK 30 mln, which was found under the floorboards of their home during their arrest.

The court also sentenced Martin J. and Jindrich R., the managers of an unnamed medical firm, to five-and-a-half years in prison. Additionally, the managers of Konstruktiva Branko construction company, Pavel D. and Tomas M., received prison sentence of five years too.

Businesswoman Ivana S., who cooperated with the investigators and was the only person who admitted to giving bribes in order to win public tenders, received suspended sentence, similar to Vaclav K. and Jan H., the managers of an unnamed construction firm that also participated in the scheme.

The Prague Regional Court’s verdict from April 8 is linked to the former Czech Minister of Heath and former governor of Central Bohemia Region, David R., who in 2012 made to front pages of the Czech media after police found CZK 7 mln in a box during raid on his property.

Investigators believe that David R., together with already sentenced Petr K. and his spouse Katerina K., took kickbacks in connection with the renovation of a chateau and procurements for a hospital. David R. is in fact accused of heading the group, but due to his political career, he is being tried separately from his co-accused and faces up to 12 years in prison.

David R. publicly questioned the independence of the court in an interview with Czech Television.

“From the start it has been a certain kind of political show trial,” David R. stated, as cited by another Czech newswire, Radio Praha. “The judge is not impartial. Above all I would like to go before an independent court that will rule according to the evidence. By that I mean according to witness testimonies and according to expert opinions – not according to personal sympathy or antipathy.”

 The local media, however, implied that the comment is just a sign of David R.’s fear of sharing the fate of those already sentenced.

Photo courtesy of Radek Žoček (www.zachrannasluzba.cz).

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