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Prague district council launches drive to clean up Karlovo náměstí

28-08-2009 16:17 | Rosie Johnston

Prague 2 district council is waging war on what it calls an ‘extreme situation’ on the capital’s Karlovo náměstí. Mayor Jana Černochová has said that steps must be taken against the increasing number of drug addicts, pickpockets and prostitutes found on the downtown Prague square.   More

Sculptor Pavel Opočenský: “I was the least angry prisoner”.

24-08-2009 | Jan Richter

Photo: CTK Sculptor Pavel Opočenský has seen many twists and turns in his life. After signing Charter 77, he left for Germany to eventually settle in New York. When he came back after the fall of communism in 1990, he got involved in an incident in which he killed a skinhead in self defence. The trial took four and a half years before he was cleared of criminal charges. In the meantime, Pavel Opočenský became a respected sculptor – but in 2003, he was sentenced to three years in jail for sex with minors.   More

Magazine

15-08-2009 03:02 | Daniela Lazarová

It’s the thief’s turn to cook dinner! Why are so many tourists spending hours in a certain public toilet. And, how many men in the Czech Republic can say they are Vaclav Havel? Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.   More

Four charged with racially motivated attempted murder over petrol bomb attack on Romany family’s home

14-08-2009 16:15 | Ian Willoughby

The house in Vítkov after the attack, photo: CTK In April this year many in the Czech Republic were horrified by a petrol bomb attack on a Romany family’s home that left a two-year-old girl fighting for her life. Now, four months later, police in north Moravia have made a major breakthrough in the case, charging four men with racially motivated attempted murder.  More

Court opens case of “miracle” doctor

10-08-2009 16:27 | Daniela Lazarová

A Prague court on Friday opened the case of Zbynek Veselsky – a doctor who made a fine business out of curing cancer with costly injections. His patients never had cancer and the injections he gave them were vitamin B. The case has evoked public outrage and raised many questions relating to medical ethics and the role of the Czech Doctors’ Chamber.   More

Czechs hand in 6,300 unlicensed weapons in gun amnesty

31-07-2009 15:25 | Rob Cameron

The peaceable Czechs don’t seem like a nation of trigger-happy gun-lovers, but there are actually 650,000 registered gun-owners in this country, and perhaps as many as another half a million who own weapons illegally - that’s a lot for a nation of 10 million people. Police say that more than 6,000 unlicensed guns have so far been handed in in an amnesty that comes to an end at midnight on Friday.   More

Justice Minister qualifies warning of prison service “collapse” due to overcrowding

09-07-2009 15:56 | Rob Cameron

The Justice Minister Daniela Kovářová has qualified comments made earlier this week on overcrowding in the country’s prisons. The comments came at the end of a two-day inspection trip to penal facilities around the Czech Republic, and were interpreted by the media as suggesting the Czech prison system was close to collapse. This is not the case, says Mrs Kovářová, although the situation is serious.   More

Police clamp down on neo-Nazi protesters around the country

15-06-2009 17:14 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK A rise in political extremism in the Czech Republic has been at the centre of media attention in recent weeks, and the past weekend was no exception. In the wake of the biggest ever police operation against the country’s ultra-right groups, far-right radicals took to the streets in a number of towns and cities to protest against the arrest of ten neo-Nazis.   More

Several charged after police mount biggest operation against Czech neo-Nazis

10-06-2009 17:14 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: CTK Political extremism, especially on the far right, has been a big issue in the Czech Republic over the last six months, with a strong perception that it is on the rise. It may have been a coincidence, but on Tuesday the subject was all over the news for a variety of reasons. Police arrested a number of neo-Nazis and announced the setting up of new riot squads, while many of the country’s political leaders signed a declaration condemning extremism.  More

Church takes cathedral claim to Constitutional Court

13-05-2009 16:19 | Jan Richter

The Czech Catholic Church has filed a complaint with the country’s Constitutional Court over a 2007 verdict by the Supreme Court according to which the state is the rightful owner of Prague’s famous St. Vitus Cathedral. The move is the latest round in a protracted legal battle between the Church and state over the famous Prague landmark.   More

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