The Petr Kramné case broke out after two dead Czech tourists – a 36-year-old woman and her eight-year-old daughter – were found in a hotel room in Hurghada, Egypt, on July 30, 2013. Petr Kramný, the husband or father of the deceased, stated that all three suffered from intestinal and stomach problems. He himself was briefly hospitalized, his passport was taken away.
Shortly after, on August 3, 2013, the head of the hospital in Hurghada told Czech Radio that the stomachs of the deceased were completely corroded by a strong poison. “There is a 60 percent chance of murder, of which the husband is the suspect,” the Egyptian police told Lidov novinia. The remains of the deceased were transported to Ostrava, where they were dissected by experts from the Institute of Forensic Medicine. Kramný returned to the Czech Republic after three months. In January 2014, Kramný underwent a lie detector test, in February he was accused of double murder, and the District Court in Karviná took him into custody. A team of Czech criminal investigators then flew to Egypt, where the authorities postponed the case. The courts rejected Kramné’s requests for release from custody. In April 2015, Moravian-Silesian criminal investigators closed the case stating that Kramný murdered his wife and daughter with electric current. The trial of Kramný, who denied any involvement in the death of his wife and daughter, began before the Regional Court in Ostrava at the end of June 2015. Prosecutor Vít Legerský said during the reading of the indictment that Kramný planned an extended suicide, but in the end he did not find enough courage for it. Experts for the prosecution testified that both women died of sudden heart failure after being electrocuted. A defense expert, a pathologist, later disputed this. In the second part of the retrial, which began in September 2015, the defense expert stated that the defendant’s wife was killed more by infection and poisoning, but did not completely rule out electrocution. The trial was adjourned due to disagreements between the experts. The review report showed that everything points to an electric shock, food poisoning can be ruled out. In January 2016, the court found Kramné guilty of double murder by electric current and sent him to prison for 28 years. The court also decided that Kramný must pay eight million crowns to his wife’s relatives. Kramný appealed, and later the public prosecutor also appealed. In June of the same year, the Supreme Court confirmed Kramný’s sentence of 28 years. In December 2016, the court found Kramné guilty of a false accusation. Kramný accused the policeman who interrogated him of having committed violence against him. However, the court did not impose any punishment on Kramný. He abandoned it because the 28 years in prison that Kramný has already received for double murder is, according to the courts, a sufficient punishment. In April 2017, the Supreme Court rejected Kramný’s appeal in the case of double murder, as it considered them to be clearly unfounded. Kramný then filed a complaint with the Constitutional Court. In March 2018, the Constitutional Court rejected Kramný’s complaint about alleged misconduct in his case. He decided on it without substantive discussion. In April of the same year, the Supreme Court also rejected Kramný’s appeal in the case of falsely accusing a police officer. In June 2017, Czech Television reported that the public prosecutor indicted court experts Radek Matlach and Igor Fargaš, who testified in Kramný’s trial as defense experts, for perjury and false expert opinion. The District Court in Ostrava awarded them suspended sentences and a five-year ban on activity. According to judge Petra Ritterová, both of them knowingly distorted the conclusions of the report in favor of the defendant. The Appeals Chamber of the Regional Court in Ostrava then again awarded conditional sentences to the experts, slightly reduced Fargaš’s sentence, and confirmed the original sentence in the case of Matlach. Last year, the verdict was confirmed by the Supreme Court, and subsequently the Constitutional Court (ÚS) rejected the experts’ complaints.In May 2020, the regional public prosecutor’s office in Ostrava decided that the police will re-examine the progress of the prosecution’s experts in the Kramné case. In July 2018, Kramný filed a motion to renew the proceedings. Last April, he withdrew the request to renew the trial. His lawyer Jana Rejžková said that she will submit the application again later. The court was supposed to deal with the request on April 19, 2021. According to the lawyer, the reason for withdrawing the request is the development of new additions to the expert opinions. Kramný and his mother requested the renewal of the proceedings. Judge Renata Gilová was to decide. It was her senate that found Kramné guilty. The convicted man therefore objected to her bias and requested a different panel. The Constitutional Court also dealt with it, but Kramný did not succeed. Today, the regional court in Ostrava started dealing with the proposal for a new trial. Kramný submitted the application through his lawyer, who was then joined by his mother. The proposal includes three new expert opinions, which were prepared by the defense. According to Kramné’s defense attorney Jana Rejžková, the reports rule out electricity as the cause of death. The experts spoke today and will continue to speak on Thursday. According to the deputy chairman of the regional court, Igor Krajdl, the senate will most likely not make a decision on Thursday.
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