Update: 23.05.2023 10:26
Olomouc – Today, the Olomouc High Court overturned part of the judgment regarding the obligation to compensate the state for damages in the amount of 18.6 million crowns in the case of businessman Zdenek Zemek Sr., who was convicted of solar fraud. He did so based on the decision of the Constitutional Court (ÚS), against which Zemek filed a constitutional complaint. The regional court added the disputed part of the statement to the pre-approved plea agreement, which was then confirmed by the High Court. According to the ÚS, the courts could not decide on the damage in situations where the Zemek clearly did not accept it. The Supreme Court today referred the state to civil proceedings with damages.
The agreement reached between the public prosecutor’s office and the defense included three years in prison with a five-year suspended sentence and the payment of eight million crowns. When approving the agreement, the regional court added an obligation to pay the state 18.6 million crowns, which was also confirmed by the Olomouc High Court last January. It was the controversial part of the High Court’s ruling that was annulled by the constitutional judges, according to whom his right to a fair trial was violated.
According to the indictment, Zemek committed a particularly serious crime of fraud. Its VT-Sun solar power plant in Chomutovsk was licensed on December 31, 2010, when it was not fully completed. At the last moment, she won the right to a higher electricity purchase price. Since 2011, the guaranteed purchase price has dropped from 12,150 crowns per megawatt hour to 5,500 crowns per megawatt hour. According to the indictment, the damage was over one hundred million crowns.
By accepting the plea deal, Zemek pleaded guilty to fraud and attempted fraud when he signed a false handover protocol showing the plant was completed in December 2010, while panels and other components were still being installed at the plant in January 2011. Before that, he denied his guilt for a long time.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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