The state prosecutor on Monday charged former TOP 09 MP Dominik Feri with two counts of rape and one of attempted rape.
According to earlier information, Feri can face up to ten years in prison because he is also being prosecuted for the rape committed against 17-year-old girl.
Police became interested in the now 26-year-old Feri last year after the Deník N and A2larm servers reported the testimony of several young women on whom the now-former MP was alleged to have committed sexual violence.
“I welcome the fact that after a two-year wait I will be able to present evidence to the court proving my innocence. Until now, I have not been able to comment publicly on the ongoing proceedings in any substantive way, which has resulted in the media being reduced to one-sided statements. But that will soon finally change,” Feri told Seznam Zprávy.
Prague police have launched an investigation into the allegations, which date back to 2015 when he was a student at the Faculty of Law at Charles University, and continue up to 2020.
Mr. Feri resigned from his seat in the lower house in June last year after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct about him appeared in the media.
Feri has denied allegations of sexual assault in the past and apologised for “unsuitable” behaviour in past situations.
25-year-old Dominik Feri became in 2017 the youngest MP and the first black lawmaker to sit in Czech Parliament.
Selected in 2018 by the Politico website as one of the 28 people shaping Europe, he was seen by some as one of the promising voices of a new generation of Czech politicians.
His popularity, particularly among young Czechs who do not follow politics through traditional media channels, was intimately linked to his “choco_afro” Instagram page, which boasts over 700,000 followers.