The Czech ministry of Justice has said it has concluded a first round of
successful talks aimed at sealing an agreement with Pakistan on the
exchange of convicted citizens.
Czech officials were in Islamabad to discuss details mid-March. The hoped for deal would allow Czechs to serve out their sentences in their homeland.
The move has been prompted by the case of a 21-year-old Czech woman allegedly found in Pakistan in January with 10 kilos of heroin in her suitcase. Attempts to get her released on bail pending trial have not succeeded so far.
The ministry says the agreement could take effect and apply with immediately to ongoing cases.
Czech criminal Radovan Krejčíř can be extradited from South Africa to
the Czech Republic according to a local court, Czech Television, citing
local media, reported Saturday.
The broadcaster added that the last word on the issue will be with the South African justice minister who will have 180 days to deliver a decision.
South African media say Krejčíř’s return to his homeland could save the country millions of rand in stepped up security costs. Krejčíř has made several attempts to escape from prison in South Africa. At the same time though he is serving a 35 year sentence for attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, and drug dealing.
The Czech fled to South Africa in 2007 after criminal charges were brought against him in his homeland. He has been sentenced for a series of multi-million crown cases of fraud. Krejčíř has asked for asylum in South Africa.
The 21-year-old Czech woman detained by customs officials at Pakistan’s
Lahore airport earlier this month with nine kilos of heroin in her
possession is set to remain in custody. A court in Pakistan has extended
her detention until the end of January, the Czech Foreign Ministry told the
Czech News Agency on Wednesday.
The Czech, who denies responsibility for the heroin found in her baggage, was set to appear in court for the first time on Wednesday but the hearing was postponed due to safety reasons.
A Czech pensioner has received a 27-year jail term in Hong Kong for drug
smuggling. The man, who is 69 years old, was caught with three kilogrammes
of cocaine in his luggage. He said he was unaware of the substance, which
was apprehended on a flight from South America, and had received the
suitcase as a gift.
Czech Radio reported that the man speaks no foreign languages and is almost deaf.
The Czech foreign ministry says that a 21 year old Czech woman detained by
customs officials at Pakistan’s Lahore airport reportedly with nine kilos
of heroin in her possession is still being questioned by officials.
The Czech was detained at the airport on Wednesday with a court appearance scheduled to take place on Friday. A local Pakistani paper said that the Czech woman denied being responsible for the heroin found in her baggage.
She was originally set to travel to the United Arab Emirates.
A 42-year-old Czech citizen was sentenced to more than three years in
prison for drug trafficking in Germany.
During a routine road check, the police discovered nine kilos of drugs
inside the vehicle with a street value of 35,000 euros.
The man told the police that the drugs were to be sold in the Czech Republic and that his accomplices had acquired them in the Netherlands.
A Turkish court of appeals has upheld a six year sentence for two Czech
nationals, Markéta Všelichová and Miroslav Farkas, who were sentenced to
six years in prison in August of this year for allegedly supporting the
Kurdish militia YPG, which Turkey considers a terrorist group.
The couple denied the charges, maintaining they were humanitarian workers who had aimed to create a field hospital near the Turkish-Iraqi border. Both have appealed the decision with the Supreme Court, where they may have to wait between 3 and 9 months for a verdict.
The outgoing Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek tried to secure their release during talks in Ankara, without success. He said their possible extradition to the Czech Republic was complicated by the fact that the Czech Republic would have to accept the verdict which goes against the Constitution of the Czech Republic.
A group of Czech tourists were arrested in the Kazakh capital of Astana
last week for disorderly conduct, the news site aktualne.cz reported on
The six men changed into black wigs and neon-green thong swimsuits, similar to those worn by the actor Sasha Baron Cohen in the film Borat, attempting to take a picture in front of a panel saying ‘I love Astana.’ They were released after paying a fine of 22,500 tenge (approximately 60 euros).
The Prague High Court has increased a previous six-year sentence for drug
dealer Vítězslav Meišner to 8.5 years behind bars. The ruling is
Police tracked the former poker player since 2015 and wiretapped his calls, finding he sold illicit drugs to numerous clients, among them a former national team footballer, who denied drug use and said the term “kokeš” he used in conversation referred not to cocaine but to a brand-name beer.
Czechs are amongst the main thieves in shops on the German side of the
border according to figures from the Bavarian police, Czech Television
Czechs are the second biggest group of foreign shoplifters after Romanians, according to the police statistics in one border region with the number of thefts up between 2015 and 2016
The most popular items to take are razor blades and other items from pharmacists and clothes. Two-thirds of all cases of thefts from shops were committed by Germans.