Two of the three pupils who were involved in one of the worst cases of aggression at school in recent years have been expelled. They were caught on camera abusing and bullying their teacher at a Prague school in January 2016. According to their schoolmates the bullying went on for months. The teacher eventually had a breakdown in class and later died in hospital. The headmaster was sacked for not addressing the issue. The third student who was reportedly involved has received milder punishment. The school authorities have maintained that the teacher’s death was not linked with bullying. The cause of her death however remains unclear.
The Czech Republic will shortly readmit a group of 20 Christian refugees from Iraq who gave up their asylum here and moved to Germany two weeks ago, the Czech Interior Ministry said. According to Interior Minister Chovanec they will now have the status of illegal migrants and will be placed in a detention centre. Another five members of the group remain in Germany since they are close family members of a man who has already been granted asylum there. The refugees originally came to the Czech Republic within a relocation project for 150 Christian families at risk from Iraq. Another 16 members of the group were detained by Czech police on Thursday as they also tried to move to Germany. They have once again asked for asylum in the Czech Republic. The relocation project was deemed a failure by the government and has since been scrapped. Of the 89 refugees who came here 49 have either attempted to move to Germany or returned to Iraq.
The trial of American national Kevin Dahlgren who is suspected of killing four of his Czech relatives in 2013, is to open at the Brno Municipal court on May 5th. The 23-year-old suspect fled from the Czech Republic in 2013 shortly before the bodies of four of his relatives were found in their home in Brno-Ivančice. He was extradited to the Czech Republic by the US late last year. If convicted Dahlgren faces a potential life sentence .
The police officer who went on a car-smashing spree in Prague’s Vinohrady district after getting drunk has apologized for his behavior and promised to cover the 2 million crown damages incurred. The 46-year-old officer and former instructor at the police academy crashed 51 cars parked along Prague’s Vinohradská street, ramming one vehicle after another with his SUV. Tests revealed more than one per mille of alcohol in his blood. It later emerged that he was uninsured.
A drunk Czech lorry driver reversed half a mile back down Britain's busy M6 motorway, criss-crossing lanes and putting dozens of others at risk, the Daily Mail reported. The 56-year-old –driver was jailed for six months for dangerous driving and being drunk at the wheel. He was also banned from driving for 12 months and will have to take a test to get his license back, the paper says. Formánek pleaded guilty to both charges before being sentenced at Stafford Crown Court last month.
Former lawyer Zdenek Altner who is to receive 337 million crowns from the Social Democratic Party on a court order says he will use all legal means to enforce the payment. The party has lodged an appellate review request with the Supreme Court is delaying making the payment on the grounds that the money could end up in a foreign account and would be hard to retrieve if the court’s ruling goes in its favour. Altner has asked for the money to be transferred to a Swiss bank account.
Sixteen Iraqi refugees who were detained by the Czech police as they were preparing to cross the Czech-German border illegally, have once again filed for asylum in the country. The group was part of a relocation project for 150 Iraqi Christians at risk who were due to settle in the Czech Republic. This is the second large group which tried to move to Germany just weeks after being granted asylum. The group was detained a few kilometers from the Czech-German border and confirmed their intention to make an illegal crossing. The two drivers they hired are likely to be charged with people smuggling. The previous group of 25 refugees were detained on German soil and will shortly be returned to the Czech Republic. The Czech government last week voted to cancel the relocation program.
Deputies in the lower house have watered down a proposal by the Senate to regulate opening hours on public holidays. The original proposal which would have closed stores of over 200 square meters on eight of the country’s twelve public holidays was reduced to three public holidays only – December 25th, 26th and January 1st. The proposed changes were preceded by heated debate and a great deal of lobbying from the Association of Trade and Tourism which is vehemently opposed to restrictions on shopping hours. The bill will now go back to the Senate which may try to reverse the process once more. Attempts to regulate shopping hours have been an issue for years and have repeatedly been rejected by lawmakers.
A poll among Prague teachers indicates that they are increasingly the target of aggression from students and schoolchildren. Forty of the 2,000 teachers polled said they had been physically attacked in the classroom in the past three years. A quarter of all teachers said they had at some point experienced a verbal attack. 48 percent of teachers said they had reported the attack and asked for help in dealing with the situation, 37 percent said they had dealt with it themselves.
The police’s special anti-corruption unit Kobra has charged 11 people working in the advertising business with tax fraud. The group allegedly produced fictitious invoices for non-existent advertisement work. The damage to state coffers has been estimated at 240 million crowns. If convicted they could face prison sentences of up to ten years.
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