The district court in Most next week on Thursday will decide on eight people who, according to the miners, occupied the excavator of the Vršany u Most quarry in the fall of 2019. Closing arguments took place this Thursday. The representative of the plaintiff, which is the Vršanská uhelná company, stated that the defendants were on the excavator and this is proven, among other things, by police records. On the other hand, the representatives of the defendants agreed that it was not proven that their clients occupied the big machine. They therefore proposed the dismissal of the claim. The first representative demands the payment of costs for court proceedings exceeding 160,000 crowns, the second representative demands payment of costs exceeding 200,000 crowns.
The company recovers approximately 70,000 crowns from the defendants. The defendants repeatedly claimed that they were not at the scene and that the police had mistakenly identified them. Representatives of the defendants told reporters on Thursday that four of them were proven during the trial not to have been on the excavator. Some had proof that they were in school at the time.
Activists occupied the large machine on October 29, 2019. At that time, the police repeatedly called on them to leave the excavator. It finally happened after almost three days. According to Vršanská uhelná, which belongs to the Sev.en Energy group, the activists did not disrupt coal mining in any way, and the recovered amount represents the cost of renting an elevated platform and strengthening security.
At that time, the protest took place against the considered sale of the Počerady power plant to the financier Pavel Tykač’s company Sev.en Energy.