Ten years since the escape of the convicted MP. He is still hiding in South America

Ten years since the escape of the convicted MP. He is still hiding in South America
Ten years since the escape of the convicted MP. He is still hiding in South America

Former ČSSD MP Petr Wolf has been on the run for ten years, and in 2012 the court sentenced him unconditionally to prison and a fine of several million for subsidy fraud. But he never went to prison. The authorities of the Czech Republic are still trying to extradite him from Paraguay, where he probably still lives.

According to the court, Petr Wolf misused 11 million state subsidies. He used the money intended for the nature conservation project to pay astronomical salaries and travel that was not related to the project. After the sentencing, which sent him to prison for six years and fined him five million, he stopped taking court orders.

In early January 2013, Wolf asked the regional court for a four-day period to sort out personal and work matters. The court refused him. Wolf subsequently did not enter the prison. On the twenty-fourth of January, the police therefore started looking for him. Later, a European and international arrest warrant was issued for Wolf because it was clear that he had fled abroad.

“In the event that any person gets into the database of wanted persons, the Police of the Czech Republic is looking for him, both in the Czech Republic and, of course, abroad,” said Jakub Vinčálek, spokesman for the police presidium, regarding the police’s procedure.

“Wolf seems to have fled to Paraguay. The Ministry of Justice has been trying to extradite him for almost seven years. “Proceedings to extradite Mr. Wolf from Paraguay to the Czech Republic are still ongoing. The competent Paraguayan court issued an order for his preliminary detention in Paraguayan territory. But they still haven’t managed to arrest him,” added Vladimír Řepka, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the case.

The statute of limitations does not apply to the former MP, as he was legally convicted. He can end up behind bars at any time. Because of his flight abroad, he faces an additional two years in prison.

luk, TN.cz

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