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I have two issues with the article. The author purposefully fails to mention that Kajínek served 24 years (including pre-trial detention) for the two murders from his life imprisonment sentence. He would be eligible for parole after serving 30 years. This was, as is pointed out, murders committed in gangland 1990's Czechoslovakia with a hire murderer killing other gangsters. Compare that to 21 years imprisonment that Breivik got for 77 murders. Or take a look at parole eligibility of "life sentences" in UK and the issue is in a completely different light.
Secondly, Mr. Kajínek's stardom was created by newspapers and journalists who made the story of his murders and escapes part of their career. The murders were captivating to them due to their execution that suggested very high firearms proficiency (Mr. Kajínek was also sentenced for a large scale illegal firearms possession, meanwhile one of the defense arguments was that the way the shooting of the victims happened was impossible for a single perpetrator). The escape was captivating because he managed to get away from "inescapable" prison-castle in a way similar to "Prison Break" series, kept hiding in an apartment in a block of flats that was basically a police lodging quarters, and when SWAT was getting down on ropes to enter through windows another women living few floors above (who happened to be wife of another convicted murdered) tried and almost succeeded in cutting their lines (and the SWAT coming in hot on a naked Kajínek who had spent a decade just working out and then releasing the video to media also helped).
However, one of the pivotal moments was a court hearing about possible reopening of the case where a news crew left their camera rolling while the courtroom was emptied and caught the chair judge twisting arms of the other judges not to allow retrial.
Anyways, most of his fans are not really double murder fans or people believing that justice was not served in the case. On the contrary - most people will tell you that in the 24 years the justice was served, and with good behavior (apart from the big escape episode more than a decade ago) the guy should have a second chance in life. I don't agree with that but still I admit that with all the money from the movie royalties and tv series and his face being so well known, maybe he will not return to life of crime he has led continuously since his teens till the murder prison time.
Hello, I understand that it is unacceptable to celebrate the convicted murderer.
On the other hand, I understand that YOU can not understand the judicial system that Mr Kajinka has condemned under vague circumstances and evidence, courts have always refused to take care of it, it was easier for these authorities. Please note that in a country where there were at one time two police presidents due to a law failure and the one present is without a driving license. It's ridiculous, but it's so in the Czech Republic. That's why you must not wonder why we celebrate the convicted murderer because most believe he did not. There is a lot of evidence, but the courts did not want to do it after 1990, and many people who are communist-era are now dominated by many important posts and are not able to turn to them. That is why people celebrate Jiří Kajínka, because it is a spark to end the government after 1990. Czechs are not as stupid as you possibly think by this article
Wow! What a story. Jiri Kajinek's rise to the stature of a (fake) Robin Hood. Just like Trump saying he could shoot somebody and wouldn't loose any voters. The current far right just got more scary.
"Jiri Kajinek’s anti-establishment zeal makes him a hero for the populist political moment"
Yes, the extreme right adores criminals with an anti-establishment attitude who want to become the establishment.
I don't think that he wants to become the establishment. After having spent 24 years in the most guarded prison he probably just wants to enjoy life and, finally, earn a lot of money. His stance towards gypsies is wide spread in the Czech Republic and doesn't tell anything about political leaning.
A convicted murder fits right in with the extreme right. And they back him to the hilt just like they backed a pedophile and a serial sexual abuser.