Zeman pardoned a Polish couple convicted of drinking a shaman's drink and another foreigner
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The Polish married couple Jaroslaw and Karolína Kordys received eight years in prison. Zeman forgave them the unexecuted remainder of the unconditional sentences, as well as the sentence of expulsion and forfeiture of property.

“The third person who was pardoned was pardoned a conditional sentence of imprisonment and a sentence of expulsion from the territory of the Czech Republic for a period of three years,” said Ovčáček. It is about Petr Kanawka, who was involved in importing the drink.

Last week, Minister of Justice Pavel Blažek (ODS) informed about the president’s decision to pardon the Polish couple, who recommended pardoning the married couple.

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The Kordys couple in the courtroom during the sentencing in January of this year.

According to Ovčáček, the president primarily took into account “the disproportionate amount of punishments, which do not correspond to the degree of social danger of the pardoned acts”.

It was also based on the recommendations of experts on addiction issues, including the national anti-drug coordinator Jindřich Vobořil. He also took into account the recommendation of the Polish Consul General or ex-president Aleksander Kwaśniewski.

Vobořil is looking for support for the regulated legal sale of cannabis

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The Polish married couple Jaroslaw and Karolína Kordys were sentenced to eight years in prison for the crime of illegal production and other handling of narcotic and psychotropic substances and poisons, mainly because they collected more than 10 million crowns from their clients. The penalty in this case is 8 to 12 years of imprisonment, so the court imposed a sentence at the lower limit of the penalty rate.

According to the indictment, from 2015 until last October, the couple had a concentrate of the ayahuasca drink sent from Peru, which contains the hallucinogenic substance DMT, banned in the Czech Republic. The drink has allegedly been used for ritual purposes by shamans in the Peruvian jungle for 5,000 years.

The granting of a pardon was also praised by the psychedelic research foundation Psyres, which believes that there will be a revision of the current legal arrangement, which was established 50 years ago. “Legislative changes that will allow the use of psychedelics in professional therapeutic practice will hopefully soon help a number of people with mental illness and lead to the Czech Republic moving towards a rational drug policy based on current science and evidence,” said Václav Dejčmar, chairman of the board of directors, on behalf of the fund.

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