Two people were killed and two injured when a car ran into four people by a
shopping centre in Prague 10 on Tuesday afternoon. A woman and a man died
at the scene despite receiving medical attention. The injured pair are
women aged 72 and 63, a spokesperson for the city’s rescue services said.
Police said the driver of the car, a 67-year-old man, was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The incident is being investigated.
Criminal charges have been filed against a judge at Prague’s Supreme
Court. Ivan Elischer is accused of bribe taking, abuse of office and
preferential treatment, the chairman of the court’s panel told
journalists. Mr. Elischer has been at the court since 2013 and specialises
in serious drug cases.
He was arrested by the police’s national organised crime unit in a raid at the court building on Tuesday moring. Neither the police nor the state attorney’s office have revealed any details about the matter.
The authorities in Prague are installing concrete barriers meant to foil
terrorist attacks ahead of the Easter holiday, City Hall spokesman Vít
Hofman said on Tuesday. The barriers have already appeared on the downtown
square náměstí Republiky and will go up on Wenceslas Square on Friday.
Concrete barricades are permanently in place on Old Town Square.
Mr. Hofman said the barriers were a preventative measure linked to planned Easter markets. Prague traditionally draws many thousands of tourists during the holiday season.
The director of the Czech National Gallery, Jiří Fajt, says he wants to launch an international architecture competition to renovate the institution’s Trade Fair Palace soon. Repairs to the Functionalist structure, which houses the gallery’s modern art collection, are expected to cost around CZK 3 billion and begin around 2021. On a visit to the Prague building on Monday evening the prime minister in resignation, Andrej Babiš, and the arts minister in resignation, Ilja Šmíd, declared their support for Mr. Fajt’s plans.
A demonstration in support of Czech Television is set to take place on
Prague’s Wenceslas Square on Wednesday evening. Entitled We Won’t Give
Zeman CT!, it comes in response to an attack by President Miloš Zeman on
the station and other journalists during his inauguration speech last
The protest will take place at the same time the freshly reinstalled head of state hosts a concert for supporters at Prague Castle. Performers at the event are set to include Helena Vondráčková, Daniel Hůlka, Václav Neckář and Michal David.
Mr. Zeman’s purported intention of undermining Czech Television was also highlighted by filmmakers at the Czech Lion movie awards on Saturday evening.
The prime minister in resignation, Andrej Babiš, will next week inform
President Miloš Zeman about his ongoing efforts to form a new government,
the latter’s spokesperson, Jiří Ovčáček, said on Tuesday. Mr.
Ovčáček said that Mr. Zeman would not issue the ANO leader with a
deadline to create a cabinet soon, adding that he had plenty of time until
Mr. Babiš, whose first attempt to form a government ended after a failed confidence vote, said last week that he would try to accelerate the process. He is due to meet representatives of the Communists, Freedom and Direct Democracy and the Social Democrats on Thursday.
The leader of the Civic Democrats said he regarded an invitation to speak to ANO as nothing but an instrument to exert pressure on other potential coalition parties.
The Constitutional Court has postponed the enforceability of a decision on
the extradition of alleged Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin to the United
States or Russia, until the court reaches a decision on his appeal, the ctk
news agency reported on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the Constitutional Court
said it was not clear how long the ruling could take.
Yevgeny Nikulin lodged a constitutional appeal against a ruling by the Supreme Court allowing his extradition to the United States and against his continued remand in custody in the Czech Republic. Both the US and Russia are seeking his extradition.
In the US he is supected of hacking computers at Silicon Valley firms including LinkedIn and Dropbox, while the Russian authorities have charged him with Internet theft.
It recently emerged that President Zeman had repeatedly lobbied for Nikulin’s extradition to Russia. A final decision is to be made by the Czech justice minister.
The Czech Pen Club has slammed President Zeman for attacking the media in
his inauguration speech last week and is demanding an apology from the
Czech head of state.
In a statement sent to the CTK news agency the Pen Club says the president’s claim that certain media, including Czech public television, attempted to manipulate public opinion amounted to an attack on press freedom.
Mr. Zeman had no proof for his claim, he was merely inciting hatred towards journalists and he should apologize for his words, the statement says.