Three weeks ago, after the attack in Tunisia, I claimed that the Muslim world isn't safe for Western tourists. Sadly, five Czech passports were found in an abandoned car in Lebanon today. According to one source, the kidnappers demand their brother held by the Czech police to be freed.
The press never tells you the exact names – in the Latin alphabet (except for Munir Taan, the Lebanese driver whom they hired including his car and who is also missing) – but I think that I got much further than that. This page in the Arab script provides us with a transcription of the Czech names to the Arab script. It will get interesting soon, be patient.
The names and the years of birth look as follows (and I ask the readers who speak Arabic to give me more accurate transcriptions if they can):
Jan Švarc, 1960Let me say in advance that the bunch seems to be the translator and guide Homsi, two provincial journalists Dobeš and Kofroň, lawyer Švarc, and a bodyguard Pešek.
Adam Homsi, 1978
Miroslav Dobeš, 1968
Martin Psík (official info July 30th), previously: Marián (thanks, Hans) or perhaps Merlin (thanks, Mohamad) Pešek, 1983
Pavel Kofroň, originally Kopún (thanks, Mohamad) or Koval/Kavan/Kofuň, 1960 (I actually think it should be 1970, see below)
One name is exact and certain. Adam Homsi is a Czech-Arab translator. He was there as their guide and translator.
What about the other names?
The most shocking other theory I found is Jan Švarc. There exists an attorney named Jan Švarc and born in 1960 who is particularly interesting for one reason: he was involved in a trial with three apparent terrorists that were ordered to be extradited from Czechia to the U.S. Their defense was that the Czechs must keep them here because the evil Americans want to torture them and it's inhuman! ;-)
I actually think that Jan Švarc, one of the kidnapped Czechs, was the attorney of the terrorist!
These three people accused of drug and weapon sales to Columbian criminals for $7 million or so and cooperation with the terror groups are Ali Fayyad, a citizen of Lebanon and Ukraine (an ex-advisor of ex-president Yanukovich and a member of Hezbollah), Faouzi Jaber of the Ivory Coast, and Chalid Marabi of the Ivory Coast and Lebanon. Sadly for them, the Columbians in 2012 were not Columbians but U.S. agents.
Marabi, Jaber, Fajad (from the left)
The kidnappers of the 5 Czech citizens want a person (or persons? All these three?) held by the Czech police to be released. If I am on the right track, it's either the first person or the last person in the previous paragraph. Update: The press revealed exactly this theory at the same moment when this blog post was being published. Adam Homsi actually was a translator in the lawsuit with the three terrorists above. Also, it turned out that Ali Fajad (the terrorist) and the missing driver live in the same Lebanese village!
I also tend to believe that Miroslav Dobeš, born 1968, is an entrepreneur in Jindřichův Hradec, Southern Bohemia, but it's a speculation and no link of this guy with Lebanon is known.
Merlin Pešek sounds like an incredibly contrived name but Facebook has one person with this name! His page full of puppies etc. looks a bit infantile for a guy born in 1983 but it is plausible. Update: Hans told me it could be Marian Pešek and a guy named Marian Pešek wrote a thesis about bodyguards in cars which may be helpful for their mission. ;-) Even more importantly, some sources were heard to report that Pešek should be a physical security guy. A self-employed guy of the same name, possibly the author of the bodyguard thesis, was born on Sep 17th, 1983, and lives next to the Prague Airport (Kněževes).
Pavel Kopún exists but the scuba instructor with this name I can find – in České Budějovice, South Bohemia – is just 31, much less than expected from the birthday in 1960.
At 7:40 pm Prague Summer Time, I became sure – excitation remotely comparable to one after a physics discovery LOL – about the names Miroslav Dobeš and Pavel Kofroň (I found the latter name by going through the list of all possible kof-like-n Czech surnames at kdejsme.cz). Why? Because both of these men are among the two and only men associated with a tiny regional TV station company Ltd in Southern Bohemia (town of Jindřichův Hradec). I feel so certain that these are two of the five men that I am willing to correct the year of the birth of Kofruň. It is 1970 and not 1960.
Pavel Kofroň is on the left.
Update on Sunday: brother
During Monday, the media were gradually joining my comments – and the theory that the kidnapped people have had pretty friendly relations with the kidnappers. It turned out that the Lebanese "kidnapped" person, the taxi driver, is actually the brother of one of the apparent terrorists held by the Czech police. A coincidence, right? ;-)