The Constitutional Court in Brno on Wednesday ordered the Supreme Court to hear the appeal of the Kurd doctor and entrepreneur Yekta Uzunoglu, who is seeking 178 million crowns in state compensation for a thwarted business deal. Mr. Uzunoglu spent 2.5 years in police custody in the mid-nineties, being accused of torturing, kidnapping, robbing and attempting to murder two Turkish nationals living in the Czech Republic, but was eventually cleared of all charges. Dr. Uzunoglu has already received nearly six million crowns from the Czech state in compensations, but he considers them far from sufficient, arguing that he has lost his 20 most productive years as a result of the protracted court proceedings.
A Prague court has ordered the justice ministry to pay Jan Šafránek 4.8 million crowns in compensation for a judiciary error that sent him to prison for a crime he never committed. Šafránek was found guilty of rape in 1992 and spent a year in jail before the police uncovered the true culprit. He is suing the state for 32 million crowns. The verdict is not yet legally binding and both sides may appeal.
The victim of a judicial error is demanding 35 million crowns in compensation. Jan Šafránek who was wrongly sentenced for rape spent a year in prison before police caught up with the real culprit. In one of the first court rulings on the case a Prague district court ordered the Justice Ministry to pay Šafránek 366 000 crowns in compensation relating to lost profits. The Prague Supreme Court is to decide how much Šafránek should get for the trauma he suffered and damage to his reputation. Commentators say this is one of the most glaring cases of judicial error in the country’s modern history.
The Prague city court ruled on Wednesday that the Kurd doctor and
entrepreneur Yekta Uzunoglu will be receiving nearly one million Czech
crowns in compensation for monetary losses from the Czech state. In the
same verdict, the Prague city court did not grant the doctor and
entrepreneur the two billion Czech crowns in compensation for pain and
suffering that he had pleaded for.
Mr. Uzunoglu spent 2.5 years in prison in the mid-nineties. He was charged with fraud, planned murder and torture, but was eventually freed of all charges and has since been suing the Czech state for compensation for material and immaterial losses.
His supporters have compared it to the famous Dreyfus case of 100 years ago. On Tuesday, after almost 13 years of legal proceedings and 31 months spent in custody, a Prague court of appeal finally cleared Kurdish doctor and businessman Yekta Uzunoglu of all the charges against him. At one time those charges had included torture, conspiracy to murder and fraud. In March 2007, Dr Uzunoglu was convicted, despite compelling evidence that the accusations against him were fabricated and the chief witness retracting his testimony. On Tuesday that verdict
Former Czech president and human rights activist Vaclav Havel will take part in a one-day hunger strike in solidarity with a Kurdish businessman who is trying to clear his name in a Czech court. In 1994, Dr. Yekta Uzunoglu was accused of torturing, kidnapping, robbing and attempting to murder two Turkish nationals living in the Czech Republic. He spent two and a half years on remand in police custody until he was suddenly released with no explanation. Several renowned Czech figures including Mr Havel and actor Zdenek Sverak have pledged solidarity with Mr Uzunoglu who has been trying to clear his name since 1995.
In the Czech Republic there's a saying that when "you've got it made" you are "za vodou" - across the water. That expression could apply twofold to fugitive millionaire Radovan Krejcir. Two months after giving the Czech police the slip from his luxury home near Prague, the businessman, who is wanted on charges of fraud and planning the murder of a customs official, has surfaced with his family in the Seychelles. Is it likely the Czech Republic will bring him to justice? Not very: Krejcir, his wife, and his son - have all obtained Seychelles citizenship,