UK journalist Misha Glenny is an expert on organised crime and cybersecurity and has written a number of books, including the hit title McMafia. He studied in Prague and did a lot of reporting from the city in the late 1980s, including during the Velvet Revolution. At present he also heads a committee guaranteeing the independence of editors and journalists at the Economia group, which publishes titles such as Hospodářské noviny and Respekt. Czech Radio’s Lenka Kabrhelová sat down with Misha Glenny recently and began by asking him about the nature
The Czech Republic is one of the countries with the largest gender pay gap in the EU. On average, women earn a fifth less than men, and the annual difference exceeds one month's earnings. In an effort to combat this discrimination, the Ministry of Labour has launched a project called “22% to equality”, in reference to the difference in female and male incomes. The project involves comprehensive research, but also a web payroll calculator or an “equal pay program” for employers.
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.
In a speech at a Holocaust conference in 2015, President Miloš Zeman falsely claimed one of the nation’s most respected journalists had penned a pre-war article titled “Hitler is a gentleman”. Ferdinand Peroutka, he claimed, was an admirer of the Nazi dictator. On Monday, a Prague court ruled against his granddaughter, who had sued for an apology.
The Czech police have proposed that the former regional governor of the
Usti region Jiří Šulc be charged with abuse of office, news site
Aktuálně reported on Wednesday. Investigators believe that Mr. Šulc
influenced the selection procedure for the director of the ROP Severozápad
who was responsible for allocating EU funds in the northwest of the
The benefactor of this action was to be Mr. Šulc’s acquaintance Petr Kušnierz, the former head of ROP Severozápad, who was sentenced to prison in 2017 for influencing grant projects in the region.
According to Aktuálně the police have also asked for criminal charges against Mr. Kušnierz’s predecessor in the position Petr Vráblík, who they believe took part in manipulating the grants.
Both Mr. Šulc and Mr. Vráblík have denied any wrongdoing in their previous statements.
The lower house of Parliament will debate a Senate proposal to file a
constitutional complaint against President Miloš Zeman on September 26,
without any specific recommendation from the chamber’s Committee for
Legal Matters, the ctk news agency reported. The committee’s only
recommendation is that the debate should be public.
The proposal was approved by the Senate in July. If it is passed by the lower house, it will reach the Constitutional Court.
However, this is unlikely, due to the ruling ANO-Social Democrat coalition, supported by the Communist Party, holding a majority in the Chamber of Deputies.
The complaint is based on the president’s recent procrastination tactics in sacking and naming a new culture minister and his frequent unwillingness to adhere to the government’s set foreign policy line.
Czech President Miloš Zeman has said he holds Jaroslav Šaroch, the state
attorney who halted the prosecution of PM Andrej Babiš over suspected EU
subsidy fraud, in high esteem, praising him for having the courage to defy
the "the media gang” hounding the prime minister and change his
position on the case. In an interview for commercial TV Barrandov, Mr.
Zeman said Šaroch's report on the case should be available to the
The Prague Municipal State Attorney's Office said on Monday that Šaroch had changed his legal opinion on the case and that his superior is now checking whether the change is substantiated and in accordance with law.
Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman and Jusice Minister Marie Benešová, have both criticized the approach of the Prague state attorney’s office toward the case. In an interview for Denik N, Mrs. Benešová said the prosecutors’ work was incomprehensible and sent a bad signal about the state of the system of state attorneys.
A Regional Court in Prague has found entrepreneur Jaroslav Fröhlich, his
wife, and a business partner guilty of large-scale fraud for having
knowingly sold forgeries of works by famous Czech artists to collectors and
galleries. They are expected to appeal.
Jaroslav Fröhlich was sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay 15 million crowns in damages. His wife Eva Fröhlichová was given sentenced to six years, their colleague Martin Trokan to seven years, and both ordered to pay 5 million crowns in damages.
The Fröhlich couple, along with a business partner, sold paintings imitating the style of artists such as Josef Čapek, Josef Lada, František Kupka, Emil Filla and Jan Zrzavý for some 30 million crowns in total.
Most of the works appeared on the market between 2013 and 2016. The police seized unsold forgeries that, if genuine, would be worth an estimated 50 million crowns.
Eight fraud suspects from Taiwan wanted by the Chinese authorities have
filed a constitutional complaint against a verdict by the Prague Supreme
Court which would have allowed their extradition to mainland China.
The Taiwan nationals have rejected the accusations as false and argue that deportation to China would put them at risk of torture or even death.
The Interior Ministry has granted them subsidiary protection for the duration of a year. The case will now be reviewed by the Constitutional Court and a final decision on their possible extradition will be made by Justice Minister Marie Benešová.
Three men of Vietnamese origin received sentences between 9 to 10 years in
jail from a court in Plzeň on Wednesday, the news site Novinky reports.
Court spokeswoman Lucie Jíchová told Novinky that they were part of an
organised crime group which, posing as a company called Alchema 3000, sold
chemicals to methamphetamine produces across the country.
The three men, who were arrested in 2017, appealed the decision on the spot. They claim that they were merely company employees selling legal chemicals and that it was not their problem whose hands they ended up in.