Jaroslav Šaroch

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December 3, 2021

Jaroslav Šaroch is a Czech public prosecutor who specializes in cases of fraud and economic offenses.

Biography

After graduating from law school, he worked as a prosecutor. In 1992, he became a lawyer, but repeatedly suspended the practice of advocacy and transferred back to the public prosecutor's office.

Known cases

In 2002, he sent a doctor, Hana Burešová, who was examining a man with tuberculosis, who she sent to Thomayer Hospital, where he did not arrive at the pulmonary ward and died a few days later, due to the possible spread of a contagious disease due to negligence. The district court imposed a six-month condition on Burešová, but the doctor received a pardon from President Václav Havel. In the autumn of 2002, Šaroch, as a public prosecutor, granted a raid in a warehouse in Malešice, Prague, during which the customs administration confiscated 161,000 counterfeit textiles and footwear for 80 million crowns. According to the iRozhlas.cz website, this was a groundbreaking procedure in the fight against counterfeit textiles, cigarettes or music recordings, which showed the way to further interventions. He also dealt with the case of former TV director Vladimír Železný.

Stork's nest

The most famous case that Šaroch oversees is the Stork's Nest case. On September 2, 2019, he stopped prosecuting Andrej Babiš in a conflict of interest case and thus became the target of criticism from the public and opposition politicians. This decision had to be assessed by Šaroch's superior at the Municipal Public Prosecutor's Office in Prague. On December 4, 2019, the Attorney General Pavel Zeman annulled the decision to stop the criminal prosecution of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Jana Mayerová, thus returning the case to further investigation, while Jaroslav Šaroch remained the supervising public prosecutor.

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