Hygiene officers have ruled out the deadly Ebola virus in the case of a student from Tanzania hospitalised at the regional hospital in Pardubice, after suffering high fever. Tanzania is not on the list of countries hit by the Ebola outbreak, but the patient had reportedly recently seen his girlfriend from Congo, which is. For that reason, officials were prudent in determining that Ebola was not present. The patient is to undergo further tests to determine the exact cause of illness. According to the Czech News Agency, the student may have caught malaria.
The municipal court in Brno on Wednesday acquitted two publishers and an editor, who were accused of propagating Nazism by publishing Adolf Hitler’s speeches. The publishers of the book said they wanted to make historic documents accessible to Czech readers while making a profit, arguing that Hitler was a “stronger brand that Coca-Cola”. The prosecution argued that Hitler’s thoughts were not placed in proper context, and could therefore influence uninformed readers. The judge said that the publishers clearly stated in the preface that they were submitting the texts to the readers in their authentic form without trying to evaluate them.
The body of the nine-year old girl, who went missing on Tuesday in Klášterec nad Ohří, was found dead on the outskirts of the town, just one kilometre from her home. The parents of the girl called the police on Tuesday afternoon when she didn’t return from school. The girl’s mother wrote on her Facebook profile that she was allegedly seen walking with an unknown man. The police say they are is investigating the case as murder. The cause of the death is not known and should be determined by a post mortem examination.
Czech Paralympics cycling champion Jiří Ježek, who was seriously injured at the World Championship in Greenville in the United States last week, has been released from hospital. The 39-year-old suffered a serious chest injury and several fractures and had to undergo repeated surgery after a fall. He expects to return to the Czech Republic in two weeks.
On the third and last day of his state visit to France, Czech president Miloš Zeman visited the OECD headquarters in Paris. The Czech head of state said he hoped the Czech Republic would adopt the euro by 2020 at the latest, adding that the country meets the Maastricht criteria. President Zeman has also met with the president of the French National Assembly Claude Bartolon and the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova.
The Constitutional Court in Brno on Wednesday ordered the Supreme Court to hear the appeal of the Kurd doctor and entrepreneur Yekta Uzunoglu, who is seeking 178 million crowns in state compensation for a thwarted business deal. Mr. Uzunoglu spent 2.5 years in police custody in the mid-nineties, being accused of torturing, kidnapping, robbing and attempting to murder two Turkish nationals living in the Czech Republic, but was eventually cleared of all charges. Dr. Uzunoglu has already received nearly six million crowns from the Czech state in compensations, but he considers them far from sufficient, arguing that he has lost his 20 most productive years as a result of the protracted court proceedings.
A general referendum could be called by obtaining 250,000 signatures, under a bill proposed by the Minister for Human Rights Jiří Dienstbier. The decisions made in a referendum could only take effect with 25 percent voter turnout. Mr Dienstbier told the journalists on Wednesday that the bill would allow citizens to vote on “crucial issues of domestic and foreign state policy”. The draft bill also lists issues on which people would not be allowed to vote, such as introduction of death penalty. The bill, which is likely to pass in parliament, could come into effect as of January 2016.
The Czech Republic’s Minister for Regional Development Věra Jourová, whom the Czech government nominated for EU commissioner, will be heading the portfolio of Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled his team on Wednesday on the Commissions’ website. Ms Jourová, who is ANO’s deputy chairwoman, was aspiring to head the European regional development portfolio. Finance Minister and ANO party leader Andrej Babiš said that the Justice portfolio was a disappointment. Ms Jourová will be the fourth Czech in the European Commission after Pavel Telička, Vladimír Špidla and Štefan Fulle.
The lower house of Parliament on Wednesday approved the draft of a new civil service law. The government has won support for the bill by taking on board opposition demands, including dropping a provision to create a top civil servant whose office would control the entire system. The new bill also includes a provision under which every minister would have at most two deputies who are political appointees, which was repeatedly criticised by president Miloš Zeman. The president warned MPs that he would take the civil bill to the Constitutional Court if they push the legislation through despite his previously signalled veto.
The body of the nine-year old girl, who went missing on Tuesday in Klášterec nad Ohří, was found dead on the outskirts of the town. Police are now investigating the scene of the crime. The parents of the girl called the police on Tuesday afternoon when she didn’t return from school. The girl’s mother wrote on her Facebook profile that she was allegedly seen walking with an unknown man. The police have not released any information related to the cause of her death.
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