Almost 1,400 illegally held weapons have so far been handed in to the police as part of an amnesty that began in July and runs until the end of the year. However, Milan Prchal of the police’s weapons and dangerous materials department said at a news conference on Tuesday that going by previous experience a larger influx of weapons could be expected towards the end of the six-month period. Most of the arms handed in so far date from WWII, though one person in Brno handed in a quarter of a kilogramme of the explosive Semtex.
In an appeal hearing, a Prague court has increased Roman Janoušek’s jail sentence for grievous bodily harm to four and a half years. In April the controversial businessman had been sentenced to three years in connection with an incident in 2012 in which he knocked down another driver with whom he had become involved in an altercation. He fled the scene and later failed a breathalyzer test. Tuesday’s verdict cannot be appealed. The hit-and-run came days after a newspaper published transcriptions of wiretaps giving the impression that Janoušek held strong influence over politicians and officials in Prague.
A statue of the famous Czech long-distance runner Emil Zátopek has been unveiled at a sports stadium in Zlín, south Moravia. The four-time Olympic champion used to run at the Stadium of Youth and met his wife Dana at the venue. The life-sized bronze sculpture, which is by Radim Hanke, depicts Zátopek running in his trademark pained-looking style and stands metres from the stadium’s 400m track.
The governor of South Moravia Michal Hašek has called a state of emergency in two villages in the Břeclav region where there is a continuing danger of mudslides in the wake of heavy rain. Ten families had to be evacuated in the town of Strachotín over the weekend as a debris flow came dangerously close to their homes. In the town a Dolní Vestonice a mudslide necessitated the evacuation of a campsite. One woman was reported injured and two caravans were damaged. Emergency crews have been working to secure the areas.
Police have charged 18 people with manipulating public tenders in river basin management, the daily Lidové noviny reports. Among those charged are high placed public officials and construction company managers who are suspected of manipulating seven tenders worth over 660 million crowns on work on a stretch of the Vltava River in southern Bohemia.
Police in Liberec pursued a speeding driver going at nearly 200km/h on Monday and were forced to fire several warning shots into the air before making the car draw to a halt. The young woman behind the wheel was on drugs, did not have a driver’s licence and was driving a borrowed car. She also had drugs in her possession. The incident is being investigated.
The head of Czech expat associations in Ukraine Ludmila Muchinova has said she knows of only four families who are interested in repatriation to their old homeland. Mrs. Muchinova met with Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Rudolf Jindrák on Monday to discuss the situation after President Miloš Zeman last week asked Interior Minister Milan Chovanec to meet the request of 40 families for repatriation. Ms. Muchinova said that while Czech expats in Ukraine were afraid of how the conflict might develop only those in the Donbas area were directly affected by it. The Czech Foreign Ministry has said it is ready to give Czech expats assistance locally where needed.
Romany women in the Czech Republic generally have a low level of education, make on average 10,000 crowns a month and live in a rented flat with their family, according to the outcome of a Charles University survey on the life of Romany women. The vast majority marry young –between the age of 18 and 21, close to 40 percent of them have three or more children and singlehandedly shoulder the burden of looking after the household. The vast majority said they had faced discrimination when looking for a job or flat.
Five-year old British cancer patient Ashya King underwent his first treatment at Prague’s Proton Therapy Centre on Monday. The therapy that he is undergoing uses beams of protons rather than high energy X-rays as in conventional radiotherapy. The former can be directed at a tumour with immense precision and unlike conventional treatments cause less damage to surrounding bodily tissue reducing the chance that the patient might develop secondary cancer later in life. Ashya will undergo a series of thirty sessions over the next six weeks.
The Czech Republic will offer Iraq help in training the country’s security forces, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaorálek said at a conference in Paris aimed at coordinating international action in tackling the threat from Islamic State militants. Earlier this year the Czech government approved the sale of 15 L-159 training fighter jets to Iraq and the Czech military will send the Kurdish forces munitions including bullets, grenades, and anti-tank shells no longer needed by the Czech Army. The government is also providing humanitarian aid.
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