The regional court in Hradec Kralove has sent a Czech man to six years in
jail for child pornography. The man, the last of a four-member gang to be
sentenced, was found guilty of producing and selling child porn photos and
videos to clients abroad.
The case involved over 100 children aged between seven and 18 years, with whom the gang allegedly made over 600,000 pictures and videos. The man partially admitted his guilt.
The director of the Central Bohemian Rescue Services Martin Houdek has resigned from office. Houdek, who is one of the people charged in connection with the highly publicized corruption case surrounding former Central Bohemian governor David Rath, said he was innocent of any wrong doing but was bowing to media pressure in order to protect the Rescue Service.Houdek is charged with suspected involvement in manipulating public tenders.
Speculation has emerged that the prime minister’s nominee for the post of
labour minister, Jana Maláčová, may have been implicated in suspected
irregularities in the distribution of grants at the ministry.
A former deputy at the Labour and Social Affairs Ministry said Maláčová had been involved in a case that was now under investigation.
The former labour minister Jaroslava Nemcova has denied that she had pressed charges against Malacova in connection with the irregularities uncovered, saying that the respective audit had found fault with the work of whole departments, without naming any individuals. Maláčová herself has not responded to the accusations.
The Czech Republic will send further financial aid to Bosnia and
Herzegovina to help deal with migrant crisis and improve border security,
the news site Novinky reported on Friday.
The proposal drafted by the Ministry of the Interior envisages aid to the tune of 25 million crowns. It is expected to win approval since the Czech stance to the migrant crisis is based on tightening border security and resolving the problem outside of Europe by helping the countries of migrant origin.
The proposal to provide financial aid to Bosnia and Herzegovina has also won support from the foreign affairs committee of the lower house.
Bulgaria's anti-monopoly regulator has blocked two multimillion deals
with Czech businesses, saying the buyers might achieve dominance on the
market through a concentration of ownership.
One was the sale of Czech energy giant CEZ‘s Bulgarian assets to the Bulgarian company, Inercom, the other was the sale of one of Bulgaria's two largest media conglomerates, Nova Broadcasting Group, to the PPF group of Czech businessman Petr Kellner.The regulator said the deals could result in market dominance that might harm customers.
The ruling can be appealed before the Supreme Administrative Court within two weeks.
The Senate has returned a government proposed amendment to the pensions’
law to the lower house after proposing several changes. The proposed bill
would increase old age pensions for all, with a special focus on people
over the age of 85.
Senators have proposed that instead of giving an extra 1,000 crowns a month to pensioners aged over 85, the state should provide the increase to all who have been in retirement for 25 years and more.
The Speaker of the Senate, Milan Stěch, warned against making insignificant changes, saying that a delay in the bill’s approval might jeopardize the projected increase in all pensions as of next year.
Czech plane manufacturer Aero Vodochody unveiled a new cost-effective,
combat proven fighter attack aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow near
London this week.
The F/A-259 Striker, which is a successor to the L-159 Alca, was made in cooperation with Israel Aerospace Industries.
It offers state of the art technology and is suited for counter-insurgency operations and border patrolling with interception capabilities.
The Czech consulate in Hanoi has stopped accepting visa application
requests and requests for work permits from Vietnamese nationals until
further notice, the Czech Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on
its web page on Thursday.
This is largely due to security reasons as well as the fact that the Czech consulate is overwhelmed by applications and has problems processing them.
According to Interior Minister Jan Hamáček, who is also in charge of the foreign ministry portfolio, Vietnam has become a security risk in terms of exporting organized crime.
Hamáček said the authorities would in future prioritize long-term residence applications made of the grounds of merging families.
Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček of the Social Democrats has said he
will not challenge the fact that Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is to chair
the government’s council for coordinating the fight against corruption.
The opposition Pirate Party vehemently protested against Babiš taking up this position saying that not only was the prime minister charged on suspicion of abusing EU funds, but he and his ANO party had blocked the approval of several anti-corruption amendments in the lower house.
Hamáček said it was the prime minister’s right to chair the council and he would not challenge him on that ground.
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