Banik Ostrava football club are to be punished by European football's governing body UEFA, following crowd trouble at a UEFA Cup game between Ostrava and English club Middlesbrough on Thursday. Banik have been found guilty of inadequate segregation and failing to prevent fighting in their stadium during the game.
The Czech Republic has officially asked Israel to extradite an Israeli citizen wanted in connection with a grenade attack on a casino owner in Prague at the beginning of August. An Israeli court will now decide whether to extradite the man, who is 27 and originally from the former Soviet Union. Eighteen people, mostly foreign tourists, were injured in the attack, which was believed to be part of a feud between Israeli crime gangs.
President Vaclav Klaus has refused to apologise to MP Zdenek Koristka, who
claims people acting on behalf of Civic Democrat leader Mirek Topolanek
tried to bribe him to bring down the government. The MP wrote to the
president on Friday asking for an apology, after Mr Klaus publicly
described him as "not completely trustworthy".
Meanwhile, the two men arrested on Thursday on charges of trying to bribe Mr Koristka were released from custody a day later, after the state attorney rejected a police request to hold them on remand.
Zdenek Koristka says Marek Dalik and Jan Vecerek, acting on behalf of Mr Topolanek, offered him 10 million crowns (around 300,000 euros) to bring down the government, which has a majority of just one, in a confidence vote. The Civic Democrats strenuously deny the allegations.
A special institution for children who have committed serious crimes is likely to be set up at the Czech Republic's best-known mental hospital, Bohnice in Prague, the daily Pravo reported on Saturday. A spokesperson for Bohnice said the hospital was prepared to take on the project. The issue of how to deal with serious offenders under the age of criminal responsibility, which in the Czech Republic is 15, arose following a series of gruesome crimes by minors.
The US will refrain from introducing import duties on glass and glass products from EU member states, according to the deputy prime minister for the economy Martin Jahn. The move would have led many Czech glass making firms into bankruptcy and Czech officials have made a big effort to persuade the US authorities against it. The US is expected to definitively confirm the decision to the World Trade Organization within the next few hours.