A Prague court has agreed to the reopening of the 1947 trail of the late shoe magnate Jan Antonin Bata. He was sentenced in absentia to 15 years in jail for not publicly joining the resistance to the Nazis. His nephew Tomas Bata, who is 94, appealed for the case to be reopened sixty years after the original trial, which he says was manipulated. Jan Antonin Bata did a great deal to expand the international Bata shoe company after its founder, his step-brother, also called Tomas Bata, died in 1932. He himself died in the mid 1960s in Brazil, where he had founded a number of towns.
The American actor and director Danny DeVito is set to appear at this year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The star of such movies as Twins and LA Confidential, Mr DeVito will receive an award for outstanding contribution to world cinema at the festival's closing ceremony. This year's Karlovy Vary festival features over 220 pictures. It begins this coming Friday night.
Fire-fighters have finished clearing a turkey farm in Tisove, east Bohemia where an outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu was detected last week. It was the first occurrence of any type of bird flu on a poultry farm in the Czech Republic. Around 2,500 turkeys died, while another 6,000 were put down after tests confirmed the disease. On Monday the police reopened a road leading to the village.
Vaclav Neckar, a popular singer in the 1960s and '70s, collaborated with the communist StB secret police, Lidove noviny reported. Mr Neckar provided information on his group's manager to the StB before becoming an agent in the period 1978 to 1987, the daily said. He is also accused of informing on singer and Charter 77 signatory Marta Kubisova, a former band mate in the trio Golden Kids. Mr Neckar, who had a stroke in 2002, refused to discuss the allegations.
Three Czechs are believed to have been on an aeroplane which has gone missing in Cambodia. The three were among 20 passengers on the Russian-made twin propeller plane, which is believed to have crashed between two tourist destinations in the country. The aircraft disappeared from radar screens shortly before 11 am local time, half an hour before it was due to land.
Residents of the village of Mirosov voted against stationing a US radar
base in a nearby military zone. The Czech Republic has recently formally
started negotiations with the United States on plans to build part of its
anti-missile system on Czech territory. In a referendum in Mirosov on
Sunday, just over 51 percent of those eligible cast their vote. Of 897
votes, 867 were in favour of their local representatives doing everything
in their power to fight against the radar.
Washington wants to put 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic, at a cost of 3.5 billion US dollars. The radar site is to be built in the Brdy hills between Prague and Pilsen.
Hundreds of people attended a memorial ceremony on Sunday on the site of
Lezaky, one of the two Czech villages that the Nazis razed to the ground
65 years ago. In retaliation for the assassination of the Nazi governor of
Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard Heydrich, all the children in the village
were transported to either concentration camps or resettled with German
families whilst all 52 adults were killed and Lezaky grazed to the ground
on June 24th 1942.
Among those who attended the ceremony was Senator Petr Pithart, who said that the state still has a debt to pay to the victims of Lezaky and should establish a memorial. Sunday's commemorative event was also used to christen a book on the Lezaky legacy called Krizovatky casu (Crossroads of Time), written by Lezaky survivor Jarmila Stulikova-Dolezalova.
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