The minister of health, Svatopluk Němeček, has questioned a decision under which a woman detained for a killing at a school in Žďára na Sázavou on Tuesday was released from a mental hospital in February. Mr. Němeček criticised doctors at the facility in Opava, north Moravia for letting her go and the Opava district court for approving her release; he told Czech Television the court had satisfied itself with only one positive appraisal of the then patient and had not sought more. The minister said he believed Tuesday’s incident would lead to changes in the system. The woman was placed in the mental hospital after stabbing a carer at a school in Havířov.
The Ministry of Transport is planning to bar Segways from pavements in the Czech Republic, according to a draft amendment sent to other ministries for review. Under the proposal, the two-wheeled vehicles could be used on cycle paths or other places set aside for them by local authorities. Ministry officials said the move had been prompted by a growing number of collisions between Segway drivers and pedestrians.
The Czech football manager Pavel Vrba says he couldn’t be happier with the team’s start to its campaign to reach Euro 2016 after a 4:2 win over Kazakhstan made it three wins in three games. Speaking at a news conference following Monday’s match, Mr. Vrba – whose team failed to impress in a series of friendlies before the Euro qualifiers – said journalists couldn’t be more surprised, he hoped pleasantly. Prior to being appointed national team coach he had enjoyed considerable success with club side Viktoria Plzeň.
Two well-known Czech actors have received suspended sentences for their part in a Candid Camera-style prank during which a motorist had a heart attack. Petr Čtvrtníček and Jan Potměšil stopped the man while wearing police uniforms in a sketch being recorded for a Czech Television charity campaign. The victim suffered a heart attack when they told him he was being filmed. Mr. Potměšil is in a wheelchair.
A hunter accidentally shot a woman near Holešov in south Moravia at the weekend, the police said on Tuesday. The woman, who was coating trees in a wooded area to prevent animals from stripping their barks, was taken to hospital after being shot in the stomach. The police are treating the case as negligence resulting in grievous bodily harm, a charge that can carry a sentence of up to four years in prison.
An appeal by the film actress and producer Deana Horváthová-Jakubisková, wife of director Juraj Jakubisko, will be heard by the country’s Supreme Court. Horváthová-Jakubisková was given a suspended sentence of 2.5 years in prison with a four-year probation period and four year ban on driving as the result of an accident in which, at the wheel of her car, she struck and killed a pedestrian at a crossing. The verdict was confirmed earlier this year by Prague's Municipal Court. Mrs Horváthová-Jakubisková has said she was going the speed limit, and disagreed with the ruling that she wasn’t paying proper attention behind the wheel.
Speaking at the Forum 2000 conference in Prague, the Russian former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky said the West ought to decide whether it should do business with certain Russians rather than imposing sanctions on the whole country. He made the comments in a debate held on Monday night at the Václav Havel Library as part of this year’s edition of Forum 2000, which was co-founded by Mr. Havel. Mr. Khodorkovsky said targeting individuals may look similar to sanctions but was in fact different. The West imposed sanctions against Russia over its actions connected to the crisis in Ukraine. Once Russia’s richest man, Mr. Khodorkovsky spent a decade behind bars for tax evasion after falling foul of President Vladimir Putin.
The world-renowned minimalist composer Steve Reich is set to perform in Prague on Tuesday night alongside percussionist Colin Currie and his ensemble. The musicians will perform Reich’s 1972 piece Clapping Music at the city’s Forum Karlín venue as part of the annual Strings of Autumn festival. The American composer, who is 79, pioneered minimal music in the 1960s.
A 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death at a secondary school in the town of Žďár nad Sázavou on Tuesday morning. A woman of 26 with an address in Ostrava was apprehended at the scene of the knife attack, in which three other students and a police officer were also injured. One of the students underwent surgery and is now in a stable condition. The attacker, who is not known to have any connection with the economics oriented secondary school, was involved in a stabbing two years ago but the case was halted when she was found to be mentally ill.
A gas explosion in a three-floor apartment building in Plzeň injured four people in the early hours of Tuesday morning, including a tenant and a gas works employee. Also hurt were a police officer and fire fighter called to the scene. Twenty-six others, children among them, were evacuated from the building. At around 4 AM, prior to the accident, emergency services had received a call about a gas leak at the building.
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