Czechs probe release of pedophile Qatari prince – Qatari prince guilty of child sex – Justice ministry under fire for role in Qatari prince case – Czech prosecutor orders investigation into Qatar prince sex abuse


Czechs probe release of pedophile Qatari prince

Czech Supreme State Prosecutor Pavel Zeman has confirmed the repatriation of pedophile Qatari prince is being investigated

Tom Jones | 12.12.2011 – 13:44

Under investigation: Former justice minister, Pavel Němec.

In May 2005, Qatari prince Hamid Bin Abdul Sani al-Thani was sentenced to 30 months in prison for paying for sex with 16 Czech minors, four of whom were also under the age of consent. Some two months later, however, he was repatriated following the intervention of then justice minister, Pavel Němec, who along with ex-supreme prosecutor Renata Vesecká, are now under investigation by Czech authorities.

The daily Právo reported on Monday that an investigation initiated by Supreme State Prosecutor Pavel Zeman is now underway. The daily said Zeman himself had confirmed that the investigation is centered upon the actions of Pavel Němec, justice minister from Aug. 2004 – Sept. 2006 along with several of his deputies and Zeman’s predecessor, Renata Vesecká, as regards the repatriation of al-Thani to Qatar.

‘The subject of the investigation is whether a criminal offense was committed when deciding to transfer the judicial proceedings to Qatar.’

“We conducted a check into the concluded case of the Qatari prince, and we have decided to return the case for further investigation due to suspicions about certain employees in the judiciary, namely in the Justice Ministry and State Prosecution Service,” Zeman told Právoon Monday.

“This is a criminal case in which the subject of the investigation is whether a criminal offense was committed when deciding to transfer the judicial proceedings [against al-Thani] to Qatar,” he added.

According to Zeman, the investigation will be overseen by the State Prosecutor’s Office in the district of Prague 7, which is already looking into why the court that sentenced al-Thani ignored Němec’s order for him to be released from custody for repatriation.

In August, Němec told Czech Position that he had decided to repatriate al-Thani as a gesture of “goodwill” that could serve in the interests of Czech citizens in Qatar in the future. He also denied that he has, or ever had any contacts with the Qatari ruling family.    

On Monday, he said it was a “scandal” that the case is being reopened.

“In my opinion it’s an unbelievable scandal that someone considers this case, which was investigated for over two years, as having been insufficiently investigated. The whole case ended in the Supreme Court, which clearly said the conduct [the transfer of the case to Qatar and repatriation of al-Thani] was legal,” Němec told Právo.  

http://www.ceskapozice.cz/en/news/society/czechs-probe-release-pedophile-qatari-prince

Qatari prince guilty of child sex

A Qatari prince has been convicted in the Czech Republic of sexually abusing young girls and senteced to 30 months in prison.

Hamid Bin Abdul Sani al-Thani was tried in Prague after a Czech judge turned down a request from Qatar to have him sent back home to face trial.

Al-Thani was found guilty of paying to have sex with four girls aged under 15 between 2001 and 2004.

He was arrested after one of the girls told her mother about the offer of sex.

Czech officials have admitted that the refusal to allow al-Thani to return to Qatar could strain relations between the two nations, which do not have an official extradition treaty.

Money for girls

Al-Thani has lived privately in the Czech Republic for 10 years and has no diplomatic immunity from prosecution.

Czech prosecutors accused him of arranging for young girls to be brought to his home for sex.

He allegedly paid three Czech women to offer girls on the street Kc2,000 ($84, £46) to visit his apartment for sex.

The women, described by the presiding judge as “both guilty and victims”, were allegedly paid Kc1,000 for each girl they provided.

Al-Thani was arrested last year and has spent 10 months in custody awaiting trial.

In April, Czech Justice Minister Pavel Nemec agreed to allow al-Thani to return to Qatar after receiving assurances he would face prosecution in his homeland.

But prosecutors objected and he was forced to stand trial in Prague.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4594579.stm

Justice ministry under fire for role in Qatari prince case

22-04-2008 15:58 | Rosie Johnston

Just under three years ago, Qatari prince Hamid Bin Abdul Sani al-Thani was found guilty of sexually abusing young girls in the Czech Republic. Despite protests from within the judiciary, he was extradited to Qatar, where all charges against him were eventually dropped. Three years on, the question of whether to try him again in absentia has once more been raised, amidst criticism of the justice ministry’s role in the affair.

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Le prince du Qatar Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani, photo: MFDnes, 31.5.05

Le prince du Qatar Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani, photo: MFDnes, 31.5.05

‘An international disgrace’ for the Czech judicial system is how the case of Qatari prince Hamid Bin Abdul Sani al-Thani has been described. Just under three years ago, the Qatari dignitary was arrested in the Czech Republic, accused of sexually abusing 16 young girls, four of whom were under 15. The prince was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, but the justice ministry intervened. Then justice minister Pavel Němec said that the case had cast a shadow over Qatari-Czech relations, and lobbied hard to have the prince extradited to his homeland and tried there. Mr al-Thani was sent back to Qatar, where all charges against him were eventually dropped. He spent just over two months of his two-and-a-half year sentence in prison.

Current justice minister Jiří Pospíšil has announced that he is drafting reforms to make sure that such a breach of justice never happens again. But shadow justice minister, Marie Benešová, doesn’t think that new laws are necessary:

 

Marie BenešováMarie Benešová“We just need to adhere strictly to the rules that have always been there, and that all other justice ministers have followed in the past. That means that it should be up to the judge, and not the justice ministry, whether a suspect is extradited or not. The justice ministry is just there to be an intermediary, not to overrule the courts. It is interesting that previously, this was always the case – the courts were left to decide, and after this case, it was left up to the courts again. So the case of the Qatari prince was a one-off deviation from the normal practice.”

The district judge for Prague 2, Monika Křikavová, said at the time that the justice ministry put pressure upon her to approve the prince’s extradition. She reiterated these claims recently on Czech Television:

Justice Minister Jiří Pospíšil

“Proof can be found in the case file. There are recordings there of conversations that employees of the justice ministry had with either me or one of the other employees at the district court. People approached us with messages from the justice ministry, which was uncharacteristically active at the beginning of this court case.”

Mrs Křikavová called the justice ministry’s intervention at the time ‘unconstitutional’. Justice Minister Jiří Pospíšil has promised to investigate these claims and take appropriate measures.

But what of the Qatari prince himself? Mr. Pospíšil has said that the case is not closed, and it is up to the Czech courts to decide whether they want to pursue Mr al-Thani’s case in his absence or not. If found guilty again of the crimes, it is unlikely that Mr al-Thani will spend even another day in prison, but he could find himself unable to travel anywhere in the European Union for fear of arrest.

Justice Minister Jiří Pospíšil

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/justice-ministry-under-fire-for-role-in-qatari-prince-case

Czech prosecutor orders investigation into Qatar prince sex abuse

 | 20 August 2011

Qatar’s Prince al-Thani (left) gets off Czech sex abuse case.

LONDON: The Czech Republic’s top public prosecutor has ordered a criminal investigation into the decision by former justice minister Pavel Němec to allow Qatari prince Hamid Bin Abdul Sani al-Thani to return to Qatar despite a case against him.

The prince was found guilty in 2005 of having paid for sex with 16 minors, four of whom were under the age of consent, and sentenced to 30 months in prison. Upon his controversial return to Qatar, al-Thani was held for days then released on bail.

The Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Stepanka Zenkova was quoted by the news server tyden.cz as saying the Czech police had been ordered to investigate “the actions of various persons” from the justice ministry and courts.

“We have received an order for criminal proceedings to be launched,” the state prosecutor for Prague 7, Jirina Fronkova, confirmed.

The case dates back to May 2005, when a district court in Prague sentenced al-Thani to two and a half-years in jail despite the fact that then-Justice Minister Pavel Nemec had decided to hand him over to the Qatari authorities several days after he was officially prosecuted. The district court in Prague 2 and subsequently the court of higher instance, the Municipal Court in Prague, ruled that Němec’s decision was invalid. However, the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic overturned the previous decisions and allowed the extradition of al-Thani in August 2005.

“I took the decision as a gesture of goodwill in the effort to secure a future reciprocity towards citizens of the Czech Republic who may get into difficulties in that land, However, my efforts were to a large extent thwarted by illegal obstruction by the courts,” Němec told Czech position in an e-mail in defense of his decision. He also claims the courts in Prague acted illegally.

“The courts’ disrespect of the decision by the Czech Ministry of Justice to pass the criminal case to Qatar was clear despotism. The unwarranted detention (form the moment of the decision by the ministry to the moment of release from detention by the Supreme Court) amounted to illegal imprisonment, even though it was enforced with a court stamp,” Němec said.

“Probably the only comparison that could be made is if the judiciary continued criminal proceedings or continued to enforce a sentence after the president had issued a pardon,” the former justice minister added.

The Qatari prince is now free in his home country.

BM


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