Jindřich Vobořil is stepping down as head of the National Anti-Drug
Agency after eight years on the job, Czech daily Mladá fronta Dnes
reported on Friday.
According to the newspaper, Vobořil will leave the post at the end of July.
The paper reported he had cited personal reasons for leaving, including his family and having to commute regularly to the capital from Brno.
Before he steps down, he is to present the bureau’s strategy in the fight against addiction for the next nine-year bloc.
Prime Minister in resignation Andrej Babiš confirmed the decision was strictly the official’s own.
Two Dutch nationals, charged with grievous bodily harm in an attack on a Czech waiter last weekend, have been remanded in custody while three from their group were given eight-month suspended sentences and were expelled from the Czech Republic for five years. The waiter, who had to undergo emergency surgery, meanwhile, is out of danger but still in serious condition.
A Czech held in custody in Ukraine for illegally selling devices for
bugging phone calls is a former officer with the special police unit for
combating organised crime, the server of Czech public radio has revealed.
It identified the man as Luděk Vokal, drawing on information given by a local court.
Vokal was detained in custody on Wednesday with bail set at around 4,500 euros. He must stay in Ukraine to help police with the investigation and could face a jail sentence of four to seven years if found guilty.
Some Czech media reported that a Czech diplomat was also detained but later released in connection with the case. The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had no information.
A court in Prague has sentenced three Dutch citizens, who took part in the
brutal attack on a waiter at an outdoor restaurant in the centre of Prague
on Saturday, with eight month suspended sentences for disorderly conduct.
They have also been expelled from the Czech Republic for five years and
have to leave the country within the next five days.
Another two Dutch citizens, who are accused of causing grievous bodily harm, have been taken into custody. The attack in the centre of Prague was sparked after the waiter told the Dutch tourists they were not allowed to bring in alcohol to consume on the premises. The injured man was taken to hospital in a serious condition and has undergone a surgery.
Dutch media have published the identities of seven men arrested by Prague
police following a brutal attack on a waiter at an outdoor restaurant in
the centre of the city on Saturday. One of the group is a police officer
from Amsterdam, iDnes.cz reported, quoting a Dutch news site.
IDnes.cz cited somebody close to the investigation as saying all of the men had martial arts experience. Video footage shows them beating up a waiter, who had told the group they were not allowed to drink their own alcohol at the restaurant. The victim later required surgery.
The police had to step in to prevent a number of demonstrators in Nymburk
from crashing the Communist Party congress after the departure of President
Miloš Zeman on Saturday. Members of the force as well a on-site
anti-conflict team stopped demonstrators on the stairs of the local town
hall and persuaded them to turn back.
The demonstration in front of the town hall is continuing as planned and has been attended by several hundred people including public figures such as first-round presidential candidate Michal Horáček and TOP 09 senator Tomáš Czernin. Protestors have expressed opposition to the Communist Party being legitimized, as they see it, by the current head of state as well as politicians seeking to form a minority government.
The anti-smoking bill, which was introduced in the Czech Republic in May last year, has already had a positive effect on people’s health, according to newly released data by the Prague-based Institute of Health Information and Data. Doctors and anti-smoking campaigners say it is a strong argument against proposals to soften the ban.
More than 70 athletes, including nine prisoners and one ex-offender, are set to run in the Yellow Ribbon half-marathon in Prague at the weekend. The first of four races, the event highlights the importance of supporting the reintegration of former offenders within broader society upon completing their sentence. The charity race takes place on Saturday as part of the broader Sportisimo ½ Marathon.
A majority of Czechs say they wouldn’t want to have drug addicts,
alcoholics, or individuals with criminal pasts as their neighbours,
according to a new poll by the CVVM agency conducted in the month of March.
Eighty-seven percent said they would not tolerate having drug addicts next
door, 73 percent said they couldn’t live next to an alcoholic, and 72
percent, next to someone with a criminal record.
Sixty-one percent said they would have an issue with living next to someone
with mental illness (a drop of nine percent compared to the previous
Thirty-one percent of those polled said they wouldn’t like to live next to a foreigner or someone with a different skin colour. More than 1,000 people took part in the survey.