The month-old baby girl who was kidnapped and abducted to Germany returned home safely at around midnight on Saturday. Several dozen family and friends turned out to greet her and over a dozen journalists and TV crews were in attendance. Baby Michaela was forcibly taken from her mother in the street when she was just 18 days old and the case evoked widespread public sympathy. The child was found by German police a week after her abduction thanks to cameras which registered the number of the kidnappers’ rented vehicle. Four people were detained in connection with the case, two remain in custody. The motive of the crime has not been revealed but the head of the local police force has moved to allay fears that the incident might be repeated.
Police officers around the country are signing a petition in support of police president Petr Lessy, following his confrontation with Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek on Friday. The police president told members of the security and defense committee in Parliament he had been lobbied and even threatened by the finance minister over the investigation into the purchase of CASA planes for the Czech army. The finance minister has strongly rejected the allegations, insisting that the calls were related to the purchase of a new fleet of cars for the police, and has demanded that unless the police president can produce convincing evidence he should resign from office. Lessy says he’s ready to take a lie detector test to prove his case.
A liquid manure leak has contaminated a stream and pond near Lišná, in the Rokycany region, presenting an imminent danger to fish and water species in the vicinity. Firemen have been pumping contaminated water from the stream for several hours in order to minimize the damage. It is not yet clear who is responsible for the damage.
The labour and social affairs ministry wants to train hundreds of care-givers. The ministry which needs to address the problem of an aging population and a lack of social workers, says it wants to train hundreds of people –mainly women between 45 and 55 years of age – who are already working as care givers for close family and elderly relatives. These people would receive special training and could join the ranks of professional care givers once they are ready to go back to work, a ministry spokeswoman told the ctk news agency.
Ten people are reported to have been injured in a serious accident in Březnice, southern Bohemia. Two cars, each carrying five passengers, collided head on in the early morning hours of Saturday. All ten passengers were injured, five of them seriously. One of the cars was carrying a family with three children aged 2,10 and 16. The ten-year old boy suffered serious chest and stomach injuries and was airlifted to hospital as was his mum who suffered a spinal injury. The five young women from the other vehicle were also rushed to nearby hospitals. The injuries of the others were light to serious. It is not clear what caused one of the cars to swerve into the opposite lane.
The month-old baby girl who was kidnapped and abducted to Germany is on her way home. Baby Michaela who was forcibly taken from her mother in the street when she was just 18-days old has been identified and handed over to her mother. The child was found by German police a week after her abduction thanks to cameras which registered the number of the kidnappers’ rented vehicle. Four people have been arrested in connection with the case. The motive of the crime is still not clear.
The lower house has approved a bill on the restitution of church property.
The bill was pushed through by coalition deputies in spite of heated
protests from the opposition parties who have repeatedly challenged the
volume of property being returned and the financial compensation to be
out for the rest arguing that the country’s public finances are in no
state to carry such a burden.
Under the draft legislation, the Czech state would return some 56 percent of the physical property worth around 75 billion crowns; for the rest, Czech churches and religious societies would receive some 60 billion crowns in compensation over a period of 30 years.
The bill will now go to the opposition-controlled Senate where it faces almost certain rejection before returning to the lower house for another vote in the autumn. The opposition claims that with the majority of Czechs opposing church restitutions it will be harder for the ruling parties to give it a final seal of approval ahead of the senate and regional elections in the fall. However Prime Minister Petr Nečas said on Friday night he was confident the coalition would have the 101 votes needed to overturn the Senate’s veto.
A twenty-six-year old man is reported to have died at the Masters of Rock festival underway in the town of Vizovice, in eastern Moravia. The man is reported to have gone to sleep very drunk and most likely died of heart failure in his sleep. An autopsy is being performed to ascertain the precise cause of death.
The lower house is to take a vote of no-confidence in the centre-right government next Wednesday, July 18. The session was called by lower house speaker Miroslava Němcová at the initiative of the opposition Social Democrats. The house will also debate a proposal to set up a parliamentary committee to look into alleged political interventions into the police investigation of the dubious purchase of CASA military aircraft for the Czech army. The opposition, which has called for the dismissal of Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek, over his alleged role in the affair, has tabled a vote of no-confidence despite the fact that to all accounts it does not have the 101 votes needed to bring down the government.
The health ministry has tabled a proposed amendment to the law on advertising which is to prevent funeral services from insensitive advertising, the internet daily idnes reported on Saturday. The paper says that in an effort to sell their services some funeral companies cross the border of good taste placing ads in the close vicinity of hospitals and drugstores. In other cases hospital staff distributed such leaflets to the families of diseased patients. The proposed amendment which to be put to the cabinet, places clear restrictions on where funeral services may advertise.
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