In November, the court illegally jailed Pelta for six years for manipulating subsidies, and sentenced Kratochvílova to 6.5 years. Both have pleaded not guilty in the past.
The High Prosecutor’s Office reported this matter on Twitter.
In the case, the president of the Czech Sports Union (ČUS) Miroslav Jansta, the secretary of the union Jan Boháč, the former director of the ministerial department of sports Zdeněk Bříza, as well as the Czech Sports Union and the Football Association of the Czech Republic is also facing charges in the case. In November, the municipal court acquitted them without jurisdiction.
In addition to Pelta and Kratochvílova, the public prosecutor appealed against the municipal court’s verdict. According to Supreme Court spokeswoman Simona Heranová, the appeals panel decided on all appeals on Wednesday.
Czech Television highlighted the cancellation of the decision. Supreme Court spokeswoman Simona Heranová did not provide further information about the decision.
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“I can confirm that on Wednesday all the appeals filed against the judgment of the Court of First Instance in this case were decided. However, the decision was made in a closed session, therefore we will not provide further information on its content until parties in criminal proceedings can be familiar with it,” said Heranová.
According to the municipal court’s decision last year, which has now been overturned by the appeals court, Pelta used his personal acquaintance with Kratochvílova, the deputy for the management of the sports section, and influenced her, especially in their meeting in an apartment in the center. of Prague, to provide subsidies to specific applicants.
Among other things, he presented her with a list of desired requests. Kratochvílová then acted with the knowledge that she would unreasonably prejudice the other applicants. According to the verdict, they favored 18 applicants in this way and wanted to cause damage of at least 175.8 million crowns.
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According to the verdict, Kratochvílová attempted to abuse her authority, violate her duty to manage other people’s property, and gain an advantage in the awarding of a public contract. According to the municipal court, Pelta led him in these activities.
The indictment also claimed that Kratochvílová influenced the amount of subsidies in 2017 in favor of Pelt’s FAČR and Janst’s ČUS and that she provided information to those concerned. According to the state attorney’s office, the football association got an increase in state aid by 19.8 million crowns, the sports union by 11.5 million crowns, at the expense of other applicants. However, the municipal court acquitted all defendants in this regard, including Pelta and Kratochvílova.
Education Minister Kateřina Valachová (ČSSD) resigned earlier because of the case. Also involved in the case are Kratochvílova and Pelt, who resigned his post at FAČR after being imprisoned.
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