“The court took it as proven that the defendant committed sexual violence against all three victims,” said judge Lenka Hájková on Thursday. Feri according to her, the statements of the girls, which correspond with other evidence, are particularly incriminating. The credibility of the women was also confirmed by expert opinions. According to the non-judicial verdict, Feri must compensate the girls more than half a million crowns.
When imposing the sentence, the judge took into account the fact that, according to her, Feri committed three crimes, she also took into account the fact that the victims were young girls. “The fact that he committed the crime as a young politician whom the victims looked up to and trusted did not benefit the defendant either,” said Hájková. She also negatively evaluated how Feri behaved during the interrogations of the girls when he was listening from the next room. According to Hájková, he laughed so loudly that the girls could hear him in the meeting room.
State representative Petra Gřivnová accuses Feri of three acts, two of which, according to her, happened in March and November 2016 in his apartment in Prague 3. According to the indictment, Feri kissed and groped both girls despite their disagreement and then performed sexual practices with them. One of them was 17 years old at the time.
The public prosecutor claims that the minor girl drank a soft drink before she left, after which she became “partially unconscious”. The fact that the woman ingested a narcotic substance, but according to the judge, it was not proven, the state in which she found herself could have been caused by other reasons.
According to the indictment, the third incident happened in 2018, when Feri invited a woman to the Chamber of Deputies for a possible intern position. According to the investigators, he tried to kiss and grope the woman, but she managed to leave, therefore the prosecution qualifies the case as an attempted sexual assault.
Gřivnová proposed a three-year prison term for Feri. She told reporters that she was satisfied with the verdict. “The defendant was found guilty on all counts of the indictment, and the sentencing sentence fully corresponds to my proposal from the closing argument,” she stated. According to the representative of the victims, Adéla Hořejší, the sentence could be higher, but for the victims it is more fundamental that the court named what happened to them as serious and harmful.
Feri has previously repeatedly denied the accusation, denying that he committed any sexual violence. At the trial and in his final proposal, he repeatedly pointed out the alleged contradictions in the women’s statements. He also said that the police and prosecutors are taking an alibi approach to his case. According to him, the prosecution meant the destruction of his work life as well as his personal life.