A Czech finalist in the Women’s Doubles is a certainty with the pairing of Lucie Šafářová and US player Bethanie Mattek-Sands due to face Czechs Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká in the semi-finals. The Czech-US pair beat number one seeds Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza 7:5, 6:2. Hradecká will also playing in the mixed finals where she and partner Marcin Matkowsi will face second seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Mike Bryan.
One time fugitive businessman Tomáš Pitr has had the remainder of his four year jail sentence overturned by a Prague 6 district court on Thursday. The court ruled that Pitr’s outstanding two year prison sentence be suspended on condition that he does not break the law over the next four years. Pitr was sentenced to five years for tax evasion in June 2013 with the sentence cut later by one year following an appeal. He fled the Czech Republic following an earlier sentence but was eventually apprehended in Switzerland in 2010. Pitr was linked to a series of major share and tax evasion cases over the last decades after making his first money in the early 1990’s from the resale of Tuzex duty free rum.
The Prague High Court on Friday upheld a three-year prison sentence for businessman Tomas Pitr for tax evasion and an illegal transfer of shares. Pitr appealed the length of the sentence despite the fact that he will only have to serve 12 months, having already spent two years in custody. Pitr was found guilty in 2010 of having damaged the Agrocredit company, robbing them of shares worth 700 million crowns.
Prague City Court on Monday dealt a three-year prison sentence to controversial entrepreneur Tomáš Pitr for embezzlement as well as tax fraud. Security during the trial was heightened; the defendant wore a bullet-proof vest for the duration of the trial. Mr Pitr has already served two years in prison; other cases of tax fraud that he is suspected of will be the subject of a new trial that is set to open soon. In 2006, Mr Pitr was sentenced to five years in prison for tax fraud. He fled the country in 2007 and was extradited back to the Czech Republic from Switzerland in April.
A Prague court of appeals on Thursday ruled to reopen the case of businessman Tomáš Pitr, cancelling a 2006 verdict which sentenced him to five years in prison for tax fraud. Mr Pitr fled the country after the verdict, and was extradited from Switzerland earlier this month. Tomáš Pitr faces charges of tax evasion worth 51 million crowns which he allegedly committed in 1994. The court ruled he should remain in custody pending a new trial.
Swiss authorities on Wednesday extradited fugitive Czech businessman Tomáš Pitr who fled the country after being sentenced to five years in prison for tax fraud. A spokesman for the Swiss Justice Ministry said Mr Pitr arrived in Prague in the afternoon, accompanied by three Czech police officers. Tomáš Pitr was arrested in Switzerland two years ago; his extradition was made possible after he voluntarily withdrew a petition for asylum in that country following a Prague court decision to allow his case to be re-opened.
Convicted Czech entrepreneur Tomáš Pitr, who has been in police custody in Switzerland since July of 2010, has withdrawn his application for asylum and will be extradited to the Czech Republic. The Justice Ministry announced Tuesday that it had received an official statement from the Swiss authorities on the matter. Pitr´s lawyer recently told the media that he would return to the Czech Republic because he believed his right to a fair trial was starting to be respected and he wanted to be closer to his family. In 2006, a Czech court sentenced Pitr, one of the richest men in the Czech Republic, to five years in prison for tax fraud worth 51 million crowns. He failed to report to prison, however, and has been hiding abroad since mid-2007.
Czech entrepreneur Tomáš Pitr, who has been in prison in Switzerland since 2010, has decided to return to the Czech Republic, the daily Mladá fronta dnes reported. The businessman, who has been charged with tax evasion, retracted his application for asylum in Switzerland on Friday and will return to his home country in the coming weeks. According to his lawyer, the decision is partially motivated by personal reasons but also the fact that Mr. Pitr has been reviewing Czech court proceedings in his case and concluded that he will most likely receive a fair trial. He was sentenced to five years in prison by a Prague city court in 2006.
As one art critic once said, the paintings of Josef Lada accompany Czechs from cradle to grave. He is as well known for his illustrations of fairy tales and children’s readers as he is for his landscapes, which each Christmas are printed thousands of times over on the front of the nation’s Christmas cards. Lada was also the artist who gave the grinning, rotund Good Soldier Švejk his form.