The regional court in Tachov has ordered that a lorry driver and a fellow
passenger detained last Friday on the D5 highway in the Plzeň area headed
towards the border crossing with Germany, be remanded in custody.
The pair as well as a second duo in a second truck, were allegedly attempting to smuggle 35 migrants, including 11 children, across the border at Rozvadov. The regional court in Plzeň-jih (Pilsen-south) is to decide on the other suspects.
According to police spokeswoman Veronika Horková, the lorries came from Romania through Hungary and Slovakia.
Since 2015, 1,275 Czech police officers have taken part in international
missions helping beef up security in Hungary, Macedonia, Serbia, Greece and
Slovenia, in the face of the migrant crisis.
According to Police President Tomáš Tuhý, missions abroad will continue in Macedonia at least until the end of this year.
Prague’s Libeň bridge will not receive the designation of cultural
heritage site, the Culture Ministry revealed on Monday. The decision is not
The bridge has been closed to tram and car traffic since January 19 due because it is in poor condition.
Prague city councillors were to decide whether the bridge would be repaired or demolished.
Doctors have confirmed that Czech hockey star Jaromír Jágr suffered a
concussion following a hard hit by Havířov’s Marek Sikora in a game on
Saturday but escaped more serious injury.
Jágr lay on the ice for a long moment after being checked from behind and against the boards. iDnes reported that his tongue fell back after he hit his head in the fall.
A stretcher was called for but Jágr was able to eventually get back on his feet. He is now in recovery.
A police raid at a number of bars, restaurants and discos in Brno on Friday
caught more than 50 underage drinkers at a single establishment alone. Two
ended up in hospital and one in a jail cell (known as a drunk tank) heavily
The establishment in question faces a potential fine of one million crowns and a two-year ban.
What has come to be known as “the frozen highway”, a long-distance
route for ice skating on the Lipno reservoir on the Vltava River in south
Bohemia, is expected to be opened for the first time to skaters this
season. It should take place at the weekend.
The track, in the past some 11 kilometres long and six to eight metres wide, allows skaters an unparalleled experience.
Currently, the ice is reported to be some 10 centimetres thick and needs to be 18 before skating is allowed. The weather should be optimal: freezing temperatures are expected all week.
Experts removed part of a sandstone cliff in Děčín, north Bohemia which
had grown loose and presented a risk to two residential buildings below.
The chunk was removed only after safety fences were installed.
Only a smaller piece remained to still be taken down, a spokesman confirmed. Some 20 inhabitants should be allowed to return to their homes by Tuesday.
The head of the Constitutional Court Pavel Rychetský has said that the
leader of the Freedom and Direct Democracy party Tomio Okamura "should
not have been elected as deputy speaker of the Chamber of Deputies".
The judge made the comment in a weekly political debate program, saying “the situation was serious” when someone with Mr Okamura's views could serve in such a high post; he called Okamura’s publicly held views “truly racist and xenophobic” and in line with neo-Nazism.
A former spokesman and businessman turned politician, Mr Okamura has capitalized on an anti-migrant, anti-Islam platform. Most recently he stirred controversy by questioning conditions at the Lety concentration camp in South Bohemia during WWII where Roma where interned and suffered appalling conditions and disease and many died. Many others held there were sent on to the Auschwitz death camp.
Mr Okamura recently came second in a poll of most trusted politicians. He polled at 33 percent, behind Prime Minister Andrej Babiš at 37 percent in a survey conducted by the CVVM agency.
President Miloš Zeman and outgoing Prime Minister Andrej Babiš met for
dinner on Sunday to discuss future negotiations to form a government. The
president has already said he will task Mr Babiš with a second attempt at
forming a government.
The Czech head of state is set to meet with Communist leader Vojtěch Filip and Freedom and Direct Democracy leader Tomio Okamura this week. Both of them had previously made clear they might under certain circumstances support Babiš’s new government.
On Thursday, Mr Babiš is scheduled to meet with representatives of the Mayors and Independents party, STAN. They have said they are willing to support an ANO-led government if certain conditions are met.