Wednesday , January 27 2021

The cancellation of the Opencard case concerns Hudeček, but not Svoboda

The Prague Supreme Court overturned the conviction of former Prague Mayor Tomáš Hudeček (former TOP 09) and two former consultants in the Opencard case, arguing that the Prague Court of Justice misinterpreted the facts and therefore made legal conclusions wrong. This was stated by the representative of the Court City Markéta Puci.

The abrogation of the verdict is not about former Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda (ODS), whose prosecution is interrupted by order of the deputy, so the High Court did not deal with his appeal.

The Supreme Court overturned the verdict on four people – in addition to Hüstedt, the former IT consultant Eva Vorlíčková (formerly TOP 09), the transport exodus by Josef Nosko (former ODS) and former director of the IT department, Jan Teska. They replied with the appeal they made.

The annulled verdict imposed in September 2016, Vorlich and Tesk's three-year status, the situation of Hudeček and Nosko for a shorter year. Freedom was granted a suspended sentence of 2.5 years. The ten subsequent injunctions have been released.

The Supreme Court has decided to return the case in September, but at the moment it was not clear why and by whom the decision was made. The Municipal Court had to send all the participants first and then comment on the shift. "We are committed from the legal point of view of the Supreme Court," said Puci spokesman today. He added that Senate President Alexander Sotollar will reopen the case on the week of 17 December.

The case concerns allegedly unfavorable contracts with Haguess, the then owner of Opencard rights. The Prague councilors were unanimously adopted in April 2012, after being set up by the evaluation committee. The Prague City Court has come to the conclusion that the convicted five "failed to make a specific analysis of the situation in which the contract was awarded, alternatives for its resolution, risks and costs". According to the judgment under appeal, the defendants favored Haguess, thus violating the rules on competition rules and the obligation to manage foreign assets.

The defendants refused to blame initially that the open card plan was, according to them, a long-standing problem of the Mayor's Day (ODS), and that they could not go any further because of the licensing agreements previously concluded.

The rejection of the verdict is the former advisors Lukáš Manhart, Václav Novotný, Pavel Richter, Helen Chudomelová, Radka Lohynský and Ivan Kabický. Staff of the municipality Štěpán Hladík and Veronika Pražáková and the external members of the evaluation committee Aleš Němeček and David Kučera remained without punishment.

When we began to unfold the problems of the transport company, I received messages that I would not otherwise have to condemn, said Svoboda:

When we began to unfold the problems of the transport company, I received messages that I could not do otherwise to be condemned, says Bohuslav Svoboda.

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Filip Horký
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