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Czechs and their supporters looking into ways of attaining US visa waiver status

04-04-2006 14:32 | Dita Asiedu

People waiting for visa in front of the US Embassy in Prague, photo: CTK Why do Czechs need a visa to travel to the United States while US citizens only need a passport to visit the Czech Republic? This is a question that comes up again and again. The US authorities have two main answers: the terrorist attacks of September 2001 have led to a stricter visa policy to protect national security; secondly the number of Czechs who enter the United States on a tourist visa to work there illegally is estimated at tens of thousands and has to be regulated. Both arguments sound pretty convincing, but some Czechs are not willing to give up without a fight and are looking for ways of persuading the US authorities to lift the visa requirement.   More

FBI seizes "Pirate of Prague" Kozeny in Bahamas paradise

07-10-2005 14:22 | Rob Cameron

Viktor Kozeny, photo: CTK Viktor Kozeny, the so-called Pirate of Prague, is currently sitting in a police cell in his adopted home of the Bahamas, after being arrested by the FBI. On Thursday US federal prosecutors charged him and two other men with participating in a scheme to bribe senior government officials in Azerbaijan over lucrative oil privatisation deals. He now faces extradition to the U.S. But as Rob Cameron reports, Czech investors who say they were defrauded by Mr Kozeny have little hope of seeing their money again.   More

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