How do you evaluate the case of Jiří Dvořák?
In my entire career of more than thirty years in the courtroom, I have never encountered a similar case. And that with regard to the manner and reason why the perpetrator of this still invalid conviction behaved and acted in this way.
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What do you mean?
According to an extrajudicial decision, he was supposed to pour acid on a lady, then he was preparing a self-propelled gun on his landlady. And the last one was a lady from the Labor Office, whom he shot dead in cold blood in the presence of other female workers. At the same time, his reasons were such that in the last-mentioned case the lady did not grant him unemployment benefits and removed him from the list of job applicants because he arrived late. Don’t be angry, but such a person does not belong, as they say, among civilized people.
At sentencing you said, among other things, “The motive is something so horrible and reprehensible that I cannot come to terms with it…”
It is and I still don’t get it.
Do you stand by that statement?
I stand because I think it is a reprehensible motive. I just haven’t come across anything like this before. With such hatred on the part of the perpetrator.
Can a judge actually be this emotional?
I don’t think it’s emotional. In my opinion, it is only an assessment of what happened in that negotiation. In terms of the case at hand and what we found out about that case.
So do you understand that you only stated what you had already learned about the case?
I stated in general how the senate approached the case. It’s not just my opinion that the move is appalling. In one case, because someone did not grant him unemployment benefits. In another case, because he didn’t pay the rent, the lady took him to court and he had to vacate the apartment. And in the third case, when he pours acid on someone just because he was supposed to harm him in 2014, because he wanted to return some deposit for a business trip. No offense to me, but this is really appalling.
Expelled several times
How do you rate the progress of the court process? He was full of emotions.
This is not unusual. These ways of acting on the part of the defendants happen. I dealt with it by always kicking him out of the courtroom the moment it got too much. After that act was completed, he was called back again, and I merely told him what had been going on during his absence. I have this option according to the criminal code. I also told him that if he didn’t like it, he could ask for a decision by the senate. He never asked for it.
“In the first make-up block, I asked him if he felt like a hero when he behaved like that. Or if it feels like some higher power that decides who will or won’t live. His response was basically that he could still throw acid on the lady after twenty years just to get revenge.’
Kamil Kydalka (judge)
This derivation happened several times. That’s not quite common, is it?
Yesterday (Monday) maybe three times. And maybe once in June.
And at the same time, he spared no invectives, even towards the public prosecutor, towards the court…
About the invectives against me or the prosecutor… It’s just an example of his behavior. But it doesn’t affect me. In those thirty years, one gets used to it. But what I find strange is that he insulted the victim, and not just the one he poured acid on. But that he might even say that if it weren’t for her… I won’t quote that, so that the lady from the employment office would still be alive. In short, he has a tendency to always blame everything on others.
Is that your opinion, or has it been confirmed by an expert opinion?
I was glad that experts were also present to see his behavior on Monday. On the one hand, the psychiatrist, during whose questioning she already (Jiří Dvořák convicted without jurisdiction, editor’s note) this is how he expressed himself. And an expert from the field of psychology also had the opportunity to watch it. Both commented on his behavior.
For part of the questioning of the expert, I saw him (Jiří Dvořák, editor’s note) he had to leave the meeting room. In particular, the expert-psychologist stated that it was his (Jiří Dvořák, editor’s note) behavior during the trial is exactly as they described it in their conclusions. He simply behaves this way, otherwise he will not behave. He refuses anything else.
Did the experts confirm this for you?
This is also proven by the report from the prison, which I pretended to the experts there. It says that (Jiří Dvořák, editor’s note) he doesn’t respect orders there either. When he has to tidy up, he has to be supervised, because he simply refuses to do anything he doesn’t like. He rejects any authority, it’s just hard for him.
‘Highly Dangerous Person’
So the sentence, a life sentence, was the only possible one from your point of view?
With regard to the expert testimony and the fact that he first poured acid on the lady in a very short time, then prepared an ambush system, which fortunately was noticed in time by the policeman, who only took it away with a week’s lying drum, and in the finale he went and shot the lady in the office behind the presence of another witness… In addition, when you could see how he was planning to prepare for it, that he was driving in disguise. He ordered the acid two to three months in advance. He made the firearm in the chamber himself. And he also modified the gun he used against the clerk he so brutally shot…
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…was that judgment the only possible one?
In the opinion of our senate, he is a highly dangerous person who should not leave prison and enter normal functioning society.
Which was probably hinted at by his behavior.
Everyone has the opportunity to defend themselves in some way, they just cannot falsely accuse anyone. The fact that he behaved the way he did is only his calling card. In the first makeup block, I asked him if he felt like a hero when he acted like that. Or if it feels like some higher power that decides who will or won’t live. His response was basically that he could still throw acid on the lady after twenty years just to get revenge.
Jiří Dvořák still has the opportunity to appeal.
He did not comment on the verdict, but it can be assumed that he will still file an appeal. Or his lawyer will file it. Then the Supreme Court in Prague will decide on it.
And do you count on the fact that the case could come back to your table?
I can’t know that. I would have to divine that from a crystal ball, which I don’t have. Someone completely different in this country is divining from a crystal ball.
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