Czech con artist who organized anti-Romani protest to serve 10 months in prison
The notorious con artist Lukáš Kohout must serve the remaining 10 months of the 28-month prison sentence he received after he was convicted of having impersonated an assistant to then-Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kavan, also the chair of the UN General Assembly, and flying to exotic countries during 2002 with state money. The decision of the District Court in Česká Lípa has taken effect.
Judge Milan Vencl informed the Czech News Agency of the news today. He said Kohout no longer meets the terms established for his conditional release from the Stráže pod Ralskem Prison in 2010.
"According to those terms he was to lead a law-abiding life and adhere to the supervision of the probation service. He has not," Vencl said.
The District Court in Česká Lípa, where Kohout's request for conditional release ended up because he was serving his time in Stráže pod Ralskem Prison, has handled his case repeatedly. A first decision in October 2011 to overturn his probation was itself overturned for procedural reasons by the Regional Court.
Judge Vencl ruled on Kohout completing his sentence last September. The case subsequently made the rounds of various appeals courts.
"Kohout constantly filed for remedy with higher-instance courts, including filing objections of bias against the courts in North Bohemia," Vencl said. The confirmation of last year's decision to return him to prison has only now been delivered to the court in Česká Lípa.
"The decision has taken effect and is enforceable," the judge said. Kohout's return to prison had to be decided by the District Court for Prague 1, which originally convicted him of defrauding the state of plane tickets worth CZK 1.6 million and sentenced him to 28 months in prison.
The case should now travel to Prague from the court in Česká Lípa as soon as possible. Because the original sentence exceeded two years in length, the case does not fall under the amnesty announced by former Czech President Václav Klaus on 1 January 2013.
However, the amnesty did overturn another sentence of Kohout's for driving even though he had been banned from doing so by the courts in 2009. Originally he was to have performed 250 hours of community service work as punishment.
Kohout never performed the community service, for which he faced 125 days in prison, but instead he was fined CZK 25 000. However, thanks to the amnesty, he will ultimately not have to pay that fine.
The convicted con artist is also notorious as an organizer of anti-Romani demonstrations in North Bohemia. Three years ago he initiated the protests in the Šluknov foothills and last week he organized one in Děčín.
- VIDEO: Assembly against racism in front of the residential hotel in Děčín
- Czech Police charge two participants in anti-Romani demonstration in Děčín
- Czech Republic: Police apprehend all assailants in Děčín incident
- Czech Republic: Yet another anti-Romani demonstration planned in Děčín
- Czech Republic: "Lukáš Kohout Fan Club" gathers in Rumburk
- Rumburk: Kohout's demonstrations harm the atmosphere in North Bohemia
- Czech Supreme Court to review verdict in shooting murder of Romani man in Chomutov
- Czech prosecutor to review police decision not to charge politicians over remarks about Romani genocide site
- Czech ultra-right extremists plan to commemorate 10th anniversary of their attempted pogrom on Romani people
- Czech Constitutional Court receives complaint about election campaign, proposals for "fertilization" of "gypsies" recur in local media discussion
- Czech trial of racist assault on Prague tram: Eyewitnesses can still come forward, next hearing in January
- Commentary: Czech President Zeman's racism and Romani people
- Monika Mihaličková: Czech President should take a look in the mirror and give himself a slap - "gypsy" is an insulting term
- Czech court fines seven racists for approving of the murder of a Romani man, but one is appealing - for the publicity
- Hungarian Supreme Court says camerawoman who kicked asylum-seekers committed misdemeanor and can no longer be prosecuted
- Romani musician Ida Kelarová on verdict against gunman: We're disappointed the Czech court ignored the racist motivation
- Romani girl attempts suicide after bullying at her primary school in Czech town
- USA: Shooter at synagogue in Pittsburgh remanded into custody without bail
Tags:Kriminalita, podněcování, Racism, Soud
Czech court finds author of death threats against human rights defenders committed a politically-motivated hate crime14.11.2018 8:46
Czech archaeological samples yet to find exact location of victims' mass grave at Romani genocide site12.11.2018 18:07
Každý diskutující musí dodržovat PRAVIDLA DISKUZE SERVERU Romea.cz. Moderátoři serveru Romea.cz si vyhrazují právo bez předchozího upozornění skrýt nevhodné příspěvky z diskuse na Romea.cz. Ty pak budou viditelné jen pro vás a vaše přátele na Facebooku. Při opakovaném porušení pravidel mohou moderátoři zablokovat zobrazování vašich příspěvků v diskusích na Romea.cz ostatním uživatelům.