Kouda released from custody


Pavel Kouda, former deputy governor of the Usti region, who is suspected of abusing EU funds was released from custody on Friday. According to the state attorney, he will no longer be able to influence witnesses since those vital to the case have already testified. Kouda, a member of the Social Democratic Party until his arrest in September, is the highest-ranking official involved in the series of scandals around the distribution of EU subsidies within the Northwest regional operational programme in the Usti and Karlovy Vary regions. He was to have been the party’s number two candidate in regional elections but the party withdrew his candidacy shortly after his arrest.