Police have revealed that the deadly synthetic drug which killed two people
in Moravia was distributed by a boy in primary school, among others. As a
minor he will not be prosecuted.
The boy gave the drug to a 15-year-old friend who ended up in hospital. 23 people were treated for intoxication after taking the synthetic marihuana-type drug. Eleven people have been charged in connection with the case.
The Czech minister of education, Kateřina Valachová, is proposing tougher action against secondary school students who physically or verbally harass teachers or other pupils, iDnes.cz reported on Tuesday. Under a plan due to come into effect at the start of the next academic year, students should be automatically expelled for serious cases of such behaviour. The minister told the news website that there was sufficient legislation in place to deal with attacks on teachers; however, more must be done to ensure such cases come to court, she said. Ms. Valachová blamed the school management for a case this year in which a teacher in Prague died after suffering abuse from students.
A group of MPs across the political spectrum have put forward a proposal which would lower the age of criminal responsibility in the event of exceptionally grave crimes, such as premeditated murder. Deputies would like to see the age limit lowered from the present 15 years to 13. The proposal also suggests raising the ceiling for exceptionally grave crimes for minors between 15 and 18 from the present 10 to 15 years. Adults convicted of the same crime face twenty years to a life sentence.
A 14-year-old boy accused of killing a 13-year-old female friend in Teplice, north Bohemia last month was also planning to murder other girls, Mladá fronta Dnes reported on Wednesday, quoting investigators. Though his family, his psychiatrist and the local social services were aware that the boy had serious mental problems a failure in communication meant he was not placed in institutional care, the daily said. The boy is reported to have pushed a friend into a lift shaft last year.
The police have charged a 15-year-old boy who fired several shots at a bus in Plzen last Tuesday. Fortunately none of the passengers aboard the bus were injured. The boy’s father, who was with him at the time, reportedly lent the boy his illegally-held weapon. The thirty-five-year-old has also been charged with endangering public safety for which he could get three to eight years in prison. His son faces a lighter sentence.
An autopsy has confirmed that a 17-year-old youth who crashed his father’s vehicle at high speed during a car chase on the country’s D1 highway in March, was not on drugs or alcohol, tn.cz reports. The news was confirmed by the police spokeswoman for the Vysočina region, Dana Čírtková. The motorist, who had taken the car without telling his father, crashed into slower vehicles trying to evade the police. He caused a several car pile-up: two vehicles caught fire, nine people were injured – one of them seriously; while he himself did not survive. The police had stopped traffic ahead at Velký Beranov in order to try and get the driver to stop. The General Inspection of the Security Forces is investigating whether officers, in the incident, proceeded accordingly.
The inspection team for the Prague City Police force is investigating the suspicious purchase of silver bars last year for 512,000 crowns. The force bought 40 small bars in order to recognise officers for outstanding service. Investigators are now going over details of the purchase, gauging the weight and quality of the silver against the purchasing price; they have also requested additional documentation. The head of the police admitted that based on the investigation so far, wrongdoing could not fully be ruled out. The silver was bought during a period when the force was led by deputy head Ludvík Klema, after former police chief, Vladimír Kotrouš, was remanded in custody on corruption charges.
Customs officials have revealed they arrested two 18-year-old foreigners this week attempting to smuggle roughly eight kilos of cocaine into the Czech Republic. Jiří Barták, the spokesman for the Customs Administration’s central office, revealed the amount the young women were smuggling had been estimated at around 12 million crowns in street value, with one gram selling for 1,500. The suspects, from Iceland, flew from Brazil through Germany and hid the cocaine in hollow parts of their luggage and smaller cases, the spokesman confirmed.
Police have charged the parents of a number of children in the Ostrava region who are suspected of allowing their children to appear in pornographic photographs and videos. Police say ten people have been detained in connection with the case, four of them parents of children aged six to sixteen. According to police, a Czech-Polish gang operating mainly in the Ostrava region recruited parents with young children and used motels to produce the movies and photographs. The material was then processed and distributed in Poland.
President Klaus has signed into law a bill which will introduce compulsory treatment orders for serious juvenile offenders. The law will enable the authorities to order compulsory treatment for juvenile offenders of violent crimes such as rape and murder and monitor their development for an indefinite period of time. The law was approved by Parliament under pressure of public opinion following the brutal rape and murder of a teenage girl by her schoolmate. Under the present system juvenile offenders have a clean criminal record and in the event of a sexual deviation the authorities have no way of making them undergo treatment after they have served time in a correctional institution or prison for juveniles.