Temperatures in the Czech Republic over the next four weeks should reach up
to 3 degrees Celsius during the day and fall below freezing point at night,
according to a regular monthly forecast issued by the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute. Those values are in line with the long-term
average for the time of year.
In the following week precipitation is expected to be below the long-term average; the following three weeks should see average levels of rain or snow.
The president of the Constitutional Court, Pavel Rychetský, has refuted
earlier claims that he might leave his post before his term in office
Judge Rychetský told the business daily Hospodarske Noviny that by some miracle his state of health had improved and he had the mental and physical strength required to handle his demanding duties in office for the remainder of his term which ends in 2023.
Judge Rychetský, 76, is serving his second ten-year term in office as president of the Czech Constitutional Court.
In his traditional Christmas message to the nation, President Miloš Zeman began as usual on a positive note – highlighting the country’s economic successes – before turning to what he views as problematic areas. In a 16-minute televised address otherwise void of religious symbolism, Zeman also branded himself a “climate heretic” and urged Czechs to think for themselves rather than follow “false prophets”.
The Constitutional Court ruled to uphold a complaint by eight Taiwanese
citizens who are currently being held in custody after receiving so-called
subsidiary protection in the Czech Republic for one year, Czech Television
reported on Tuesday. The eight individuals are suspected by China to have
run a gang responsible for eliciting tens of millions of crowns from
several Chinese women in Prague and China is asking that they be
extradited. However, according to the constitutional judges their detention
is devoid of purpose because extradition is not yet possible. The case has
been returned to local courts in Prague which are to decide on the length
The suspects deny their guilt and have stated that they fear the use of torture, or execution in China, in part due to the hostile relationship between China and Taiwan for the past 70 years.
The relatively warm weather for the time of year that the Czech Republic
has been experiencing is set to continue for another fortnight, according
to a regular four-week forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological
Institute. Precipitation will also be lower than the long-term average.
The forecasters say typical weather for the time of year should return before mid-December. It will freeze at night and it should snow in upland areas of the country.
The government has approved an amendment to the Criminal Code that would
allow information gathered by intelligence services to be used as evidence
in certain criminal proceedings.
Minister of Interior Jan Hamáček (Social Democrats) informed journalists about the proposal on Monday.
The amendment should limit the admissibility of such information to such cases where it would be difficult or even impossible to obtain otherwise, such as the wiretapping of a specific conversation.
Currently, intelligence services can only alert law enforcement authorities to the possibility that some persons are committing crimes. Police must then gather their own evidence.
Freezing temperatures were recorded in many parts of the Czech Republic on
Thursday morning. The lowest temperature, minus 13 degrees Celsius, was
registered at the measuring station in Kořenov in the Jizera Mountains in
the north of the country.
The average morning temperature for the whole of the Czechia was minus 3.8 degrees Celsius. According to meteorologists, the spell of cold weather is expected to last until Saturday.
The current relatively cool weather in the Czech Republic should give way
to warmer temperatures next week, forecasters said in a regular monthly
outlook released by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. The second
half of October ought to see daytime highs above average for the time of
Precipitation is likely to correspond to long-term norms over the next four weeks, forecasters said.