A lawyer for Viktor Kozeny says his client may fight extradition to the
US, following his arrest by the FBI in the Bahamas. The controversial
Czech businessman is accused of taking part in a scheme to fly millions of
dollars into Azerbaijan to bribe officials there for control of the state
Mr Kozeny - nicknamed the Pirate of Prague - is also wanted in the Czech Republic, after he fled the country with millions obtained from small investors during the privatisation process of the 1990s.
Striker Milan Baros has given the Czech football team a boost by declaring himself fit ahead of an important World Cup qualifying game against the Netherlands in Prague on Saturday. The Czechs will be without several key players: Jan Koller, Vratislav Lokvenc, Marek Jankulovski and Vladimir Smicer are all ruled out with injury, while team captain Tomas Galasek is doubtful.
Police in Ceske Budejovice have charged a manager of a branch of the Julius Meinl supermarket chain with endangering public health; she is alleged to have ordered employees to place mouldy food on the shelves. The boss is also accused of herself changing the date on out-of-date meat and putting it back on sale. Poor hygiene and dubious practices at the supermarket were uncovered by inspectors at the end of last month.
The last Czech victim of last year's tsunami disaster was identified in Phuket, Thailand earlier this week, Mlada fronta Dnes reported. Vladimir Mandak, who was 17, was identified by means of DNA analysis. Both of his parents were also killed in the disaster. A total of nine Czechs died in the tsunami and its aftermath in Thailand and Sri Lanka.
A homosexual rights group is hoping to persuade MPs to vote for
registered partnerships by means of a comic book, Tereza Kodickova of
the Gay and Lesbian League said on Friday. The comic features a cactus
and a bonsai tree living together, and is intended to promote gay
rights in a light-hearted way.
The lower house is due to vote on the issue later this month. Last year a bill on registered partnerships was defeated by just one vote.
The Austrian firm OMV has taken over the Czech chain of petrol filling stations Aral. OMV's director said that they planned to invest up to 5 million US dollars in the chain. He said that Aral stations will all adopt the OMV logo within the next six months, but he would not say how much OMV had paid for the company. The deal will make OMV the chain selling the largest volume of car fuel in the Czech Republic. The Polish petrochemicals concern PKN Orlen had also been interested in buying Aral.
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