< /p>On July 16, 2021, the Regional Court in Olomouc sentenced former Olomouc police deputy Karel Kadlec (pictured second from left), influential businessman Ivan Kyselý and former governor Jiří Rozbořil (ČSSD) to conditional sentences in the Vidkun corruption case. On the other hand, the court acquitted Radek Petrůj (pictured second from the right) of the charges at the time. The court convicted the defendants for leaking information from four of the nine criminal cases originally sued, but their influence was not proven.
Olomouc – The Olomouc High Court annulled the verdict in the Olomouc Vidkun corruption case in a closed hearing. He returned the case to the Olomouc regional court, ČTK found out from data in the judicial database. The court originally imposed suspended and monetary penalties on former Olomouc police deputy Karl Kadlec, influential businessman Ivan Kyselé and former governor Jiří Rozbořil (ČSSD) in a case that, according to the indictment, uncovered corrupt relationships between businessmen, police officers and public officials. Both parties appealed. The head of the economic crime department there, Radek Petrůj, has already been legally acquitted.
Photo gallery: Vidkun corruption case
The Olomouc Regional Court issued a verdict in the case in July 2021. The case reached the High Court last April. According to the judicial database, several closed hearings were ordered in January of this year. “I can confirm that there was a closed session that lasted 14 days,” court spokesman Stanislav Cik told CTK today. He added that he cannot yet communicate the court's decision, given that the decision has not been drawn up nor delivered to the parties to the proceedings.
The case concerned the extraction of information from criminal files. The regional court originally convicted Rozbořila for bribery, Kadlec for abuse of authority and businessman Kyselý for participating in the abuse of authority of an official. Kyselý received a sentence of 18 months with a three-year suspended sentence and a fine of 2.1 million. Kadlec received a two-year sentence suspended for four years and a fine of 144,000 crowns and a ban on activities for four years. The court sentenced Rozbořil to two years with a three-year suspended sentence and a fine of 180,000 crowns. The court acquitted Petrůj, saying that his alleged conduct was not a criminal act. In his case, the sentence is final, the policeman returned to the post of head of the Economic Crime Department of the Olomouc Regional Police last February.
For the remaining three defendants, the prosecutor filed an appeal against all the statements, he does not even agree with the question of guilt. “The court qualified it only as the offense of abuse of authority of a public official in the first paragraph, I continue to claim that their actions caused a serious disturbance in the activities of the state administration body, so I propose a stricter qualification. I also do not agree with Mr. Kadlec's dropping the legal qualification of accepting a bribe,” he said ČTK last January, prosecutor Miroslav Stoklásek. The defendants themselves filed an appeal.
According to the indictment, Kadlec provided businessman Kyselé with information from nine criminal proceedings over a long period of time, but the court convicted the pair of corrupt practices in four criminal cases. There is insufficient evidence for the remaining five, the judge said. According to the verdict, the former governor Rozbořil offered Kadlec a bribe for information in the case of the construction of the equestrian area in Lazce, which was investigated for possible subsidy fraud. The case was based primarily on wiretaps as evidence. They capture the meetings of the main actors in the case in Olomouc cafes and restaurants, but also from the smoking room of the GIBS workplace in Olomouc and Kadlec's office in the building of the regional police headquarters.