Federal Office of Justice

Tomas Pitr extradited to the Czech Republic

Press Release, FOJ, 04.04.2012

Bern. Switzerland today extradited Tomas Pitr to the Czech Republic. He flew today from Zurich to Prague, accompanied by three Czech police officers.

Tomas Pitr was arrested in St. Moritz on 27 July 2010 and had since been held in custody pending extradition. Supported by two court judgments, on 6 August 2010 the Czech authorities requested Pitr's extradition so that he could serve custodial sentences totalling six years. In its extradition ruling of 17 December 2010, the FoJ concluded that all of the conditions for extradition were fulfilled. Specifically, the white-collar and tax offences set out in the extradition request are also punishable under Swiss law (the principle of dual criminality). The FoJ issued this ruling subject to the final and absolute rejection of Pitr's application for asylum.

On 1 September 2011, the Federal Criminal Court denied the appeal against the FoJ's extradition ruling (RR.2011.26+27). It also rejected Pitr's objection that the Czech extradition request had been fabricated to persecute him on the grounds of his political activities and his political background. Sitting on 21 September 2011, the Federal Supreme Court refused to hear Pitr's appeal against the decision of the Federal Criminal Court of 1 September 2011 (1C_389/2011). This concluded the extradition proceedings and rendered the extradition ruling legally enforceable. The pending asylum proceedings nonetheless meant that Pitr could not be extradited immediately.

As soon as the asylum application was withdrawn, on 22 March 2012 the Federal Administrative Court threw out as groundless Pitr's appeal against the Federal Office for Migration's decision to deny him asylum. This cleared the way for Pitr's extradition to the Czech Republic.

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