TXT: ADAM HEJDUK
There’s a strange case going on at the Regional court of České Budějovice in the south of the Czech republic.
In this case, defendants face 10 to 18 years of imprisonment for no more than being the owners of a growshop.
The trial of this case will continue at the Regional court of České Budějovice and the question of guilt or innocence is still open. Come to join us there (Zátkovo nábřeží 10/2, Č. Budějovice) to see the fight of Czech justice system against the growshops on August 14th, 2013 at 8:15 am.
We will be informing about latest developments.
And who is the brave lady, trying to steal away so many years of their lives? An infamous south bohemian prosecutor Dr. Daniela Přibylová. We asked her a few questions.
But I didn’t shoot no deputy
Let’s first have a look at how such a trial looks like. We are no lawyers, but there’s something obviously strange at the first sight. The only people trying to communicate with the judge are the defendants themselves. Their advocates sit there quietly and only during the coffee break you can find out they know how to talk. Only at that occasion, you can hear, that all accusations against their clients are wrong and unjust, the prosecution doesn’t have sufficients evidence, but nevertheless, the guys are going down. Not a behaviour you would expect from an advocate.
Slightly confused we go back into the court room. The posecutor remains silent during the whole process and the theatre proceeds exclusively under the direction of the judge. What’s in the head of that silent woman in the red gown, calling for the same sentence for the growshop owners as if they were murderers??
Behind her desk, she seems distant, her face not showing any emotions. We get to talk to her shortly in the hallway after this short part of the trial (one of the first few during the 24 month of the defendants’ custody prison – known as worse than the real prison) is over. Surprisingly, she was quite a talkative and sympathetic lady. We haven’t expected too tolerant attitude, but her straight point of view is quite outraging. Although she didn’t agree to publish the interview to keep her opinions for her final speech in August, we can not obey her wish. We find her words so shocking and alarming, that we feel obliged to share them with you, without any editing. Warning – crazy stuff.
There’s a very strange athmosphere of a lost battle before the fight is on, defeatism, resignation. Although there are many other people doing the same (and much worse) freely, although there’s only indirect or even false evidence, nobody is really trying to play the game of justice. The powerlessness of a person against the state machinery is no chimera from the far past, nowadays it’s an almost palpable reality.
Hello, Mrs. Prosecutor. What do you think about this case? Don’t you think that the sentence you propose is far exaggerated?
No, I don’t accept this. I’m totally against it all, against marihuana and everything, every drug. I’m on the totally opposite side, I don’t accept any hard drugs, for me it’s all the same shit, especially when I see the youngsters. I have children, too, and when I see the drug-addicts, I see them doing all the bad things to get their drug to get to some pathetic “high” instead of learning languages and travel the world, now that they have the chance. I don’t like this at all. So any trace of tolerance from my side? No way! It’s a harsh sentence, that’s true. But I agree with it.
What good do you think would such a sentence bring for the defendants and for the society as a whole?
Well, for the society, this should be a threat. We need to show we are not going to tolerate such things. Let everybody think twice about his own destiny. There are choices. I know, there are many tempting things, it can be loans or drugs, dance parties with extasy and I don’t know what else with, there is a lot more of temptations compared to my younghood. But that’s the reason why people should be more responsible for theirs lives, especially the young people, who have their lives ahead and surely they can use it in a better way than to get involved with marihuana. Ok, I accept marihuana can have some medical effects, but it has to be controlled. Those people can not control it, those who say they can manage it, no, they can not.
Well, that’s a personal choice of every single person. Now you are trying to severely punish people for selling equipment for growing a plant.
But it’s not only the growing equipment. I’m gonna speak about it in my final speech. Of course, I know there are still growshops operating, that all this does work. But from what we heard from the wiretraps, it’s totally obvious it was not only “here you have some equipment and grow something”. It’s your problem that the tomato you grow will cost you 100 CZK (4 euros). But in this case there were instructions how to fight the pest, or how to mix all those fertilizers… And another thing, look at the experience with it. It’s not been such a long time it’s been going on here…
About fifteen years…
And do you know what shit is being poured into this? What does the plant contain and what will be the result? Today they say that the addicts will not smoke the indoor marihuana, because it’s so strong. And that is the danger.
But don’t you think that more than two years in the custody prison together with the fact of losing their business is more than sufficient sentence?
No, it’s not. Yes, we have destroyed their business, they’ve been in prison more than two years now, that’s true. But has anyone here ever thought about the amount of drug-addict behing them? Look at the statistics of the drug control agency. And you say they are fathers of families? Murderers have families, a murderer has young children who will have to grow without him. And we are bound by the international treaties, they say we have to prosecute this, so that’s what we have to do.
Does that mean you’re going to insist on the proposed height of the sentence?
Yes I am. In the proposed height. Of course, we have to wage all the circumstances and arguments.Republish