It’s been nearly ten years since the accused and arrested Representative David Rath spoke in the room. He said at the time that his trial was a political vendetta designed to isolate a hard-line critic. It is said that the octopus of Interior Minister Jan Kubica was behind him. His speech then lasted 45 minutes and was delivered under the supervision of three armed policemen, as he was already in custody and refused to give up his parliamentary mandate.




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Andrej Babis at the Municipal Court in Prague | Photo: Rene Volvik | Source: Czech Radio

He was under arrest for accepting a $7 million bribe with which he was arrested. He obtained it on charges of tampering with the contract to repair the Pstohrad Castle. He concluded his speech with a sentence: If you agree to persecute me, you will make it a political trial and a political prisoner for me.

Karel Hvitsala: Rath, Babis, and the so-called political processes

And a few days ago, Andrej Babis, the self-proclaimed leader of the opposition, spoke about the unauthorized acceptance of the fifty million sum of support for the construction of the apí’s nest, for which he is on trial, for about two years. Half an hour later, he described, like Rath, the trial against him as the first political process since the revolution and the result of a long-running effort to discredit him and keep him out of politics.

According to him, the cartel that is trying to do this is an “informal giant power”, consisting of traditional politicians, journalists, activists, officials and businessmen, united by the desire to “privatize power”, to govern peacefully and promote their businesses.

Both representatives, apparently, tried to make the offender a victim. The same mistake has a tradition in our country: in the fifties of the last century, the powerful made victims of the innocent. Both distortions have greatly damaged faith in justice, and rightly accused politicians abuse it. As tradition says: Tradition is stronger than new changes, so we must be careful.


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Unfortunately, immediately after the dissolution of the state shared with Slovaks, the mentality of the provinces began to prevail again: our angry model, as Jerry Grocha used to say. We have brought politics, as evidenced by the two quoted letters, to the pub table.

Jerry Priebach, Professor of Constitutional Law from Cardiff, pointed out exactly this, who said, I quote: “When it turned out that Boris Johnson had broken the law, he got away politically and paid the fine. But when it was found that he had lied to Parliament, he was dismissed, although not Having a specific legal provision to do so. The idea that the Prime Minister lied to Parliament is a serious crime in Britain, so they literally kicked him out of office within hours.”


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This is the difference between a functioning democracy and our republic. Our politicians think they can twist the law to their advantage and are not ashamed to talk about it and lie in the House of Representatives. But only when the law is not and cannot be an instrument of power, can we speak of democracy. The law must act as an instrument of political restraint and restraint.

Thus, the court proceedings currently taking place are not a political process, but a process with a politician who, observing all appropriate laws, will show us which tradition we are bound by: the distorted traditions, or in which the law serves. As a defense of the citizens against the powerful. If we belong to the East, where this applies: everything is to my friends, the law is to my enemies.

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Karel Hvikala

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