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Police arrest two men in series of appalling tomb robberies

19-01-2012 16:07 | Jan Richter

Photo: CTK The Czech police have arrested two men suspected of robbing more than 70 graves in northern Bohemia. The men mainly targeted older, unkempt tombs in the region in search of gold teeth, medals and other relics. The investigators were shocked by their callousness; one of them said he was more interested in the thrill of tomb raiding than the actual loot.  More

Prosecutors rule out murder in north Bohemian shooting

13-01-2012 15:48 | Jan Richter

Photo: CTK Prosecutors investigating a New Year’s Day shooting in the north Bohemian town of Tanvald, which left a Romany man dead and injured another, have ruled out murder or any other premeditated crime. The investigators on Friday said the 63-year-old shooter was facing an intense assault by two Romany men in a conflict that had no racial or material motives.  More

Panorama

05-01-2012 16:17 | Daniela Lazarová

Panorama : thousands of people undertake a traditional New Year’s pilgrimage to the Basilica of the Virgin Mary in Hostýn, over a dozen enthusiasts strap on wooden skis to mark the centenary of the first downhill ski race in Central Europe and -home is where the heart is – a stray dog keeps returning to the dog shelter where a vet saved his life.  More

Parents of “wolf children” on trial at Prague city court for child neglect

04-01-2012 15:32 | Sarah Borufka

The parents of the “wolf children”, photo: CTK The mother and father of two boys, dubbed “wolf children” by the Czech media, are currently on trial at a Prague city court. In a shocking and unusual case of child abuse, the parents never let their sons out of the apartment, did not dress them and fed them only liquid food. They deny charges of abuse and say they simply wanted to raise their children in an alternative way.  More

Czechs held in Zambia return home

03-01-2012 15:55 | Daniela Lazarová

Michal Vébr, Jiří Cetel, Jan Coufal, photo: Czech Television Three Czechs who were detained and charged with espionage in Zambia have returned home. They showed up unexpectedly at their doorsteps at the end of the year and have refused to disclose any information regarding the nature of their escape. The Czech Foreign Ministry which made an all out effort to secure their release through regular diplomatic channels has put an information embargo on the case.  More

Prague police chief arrested, contracts frozen in anti-corruption sting

29-11-2011 15:32 | Rob Cameron

Vladimír Kotrouš, photo: Milan Holakovský, ISIFA/VLP The mayor of Prague has frozen all contracts signed by the City Police force and ordered a full investigation after the head of the force was arrested last week on suspicion of accepting a bribe. Vladimír Kotrouš, Prague City Police force president, is now in custody after anti-organised crime taskforce arrested him with a large amount of cash on his person.  More

Three Czech nationals to be tried for spying in Zambia

15-11-2011 16:24 | Daniela Lazarová

Jiří Cetel, Jan Coufal, Michal Vebr, photo: CT24 The fate of three Czech nationals who are awaiting trial in Zambia on suspicion of spying, remains highly uncertain. The three face 25 years in prison for having taken photographs of an old plane displayed outside a military base in Lusaka. The Czech Foreign Ministry has tried in vain to intervene on their behalf and is now sending a special envoy to the country to present the case in person.   More

Panorama

03-11-2011 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Czech Television In this week’s Panorama: how walled-in windows can be a big attraction, the Vltava river gets a symbolic lighthouse and, the nation’s fierce one-eyed commander is back on his horse on Vítkov Hill - facing a new enemy.  More

Prisoners rebelling against worsening conditions in Czech prisons

24-10-2011 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Filip Jandourek An ongoing investigation into the recently thwarted mutiny in a number of Czech prisons suggests that the plot had nothing to do with the notorious Berdych gang as previously thought, but was incited by much more prosaic reasons – the atrocious living conditions in Czech jailhouses.  More

Czech museums on alert over rhino horns thefts

20-10-2011 17:09 | Jan Richter

Thieves recently broke into a museum in the north-east of the Czech Republic boasting a magnificent display of hunting trophies, and took what they believed to be a rhino horn. Although this particular horn was fake, the burglary was the latest in a series of similar incidents that have occurred around Europe. The police suspect it might be the work of an international gang making profit from rhino horns which are in demand for their alleged medicinal properties.  More

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