Hundreds of people visited the one-time home of writer Karel Čapek in
Prague’s Vinohrady district on Friday. The Prague 10 district authority
opened the villa to the public in connection with this year’s 100th
anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia.
The country’s first president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, and famous journalist Ferdinand Peroutka were among the First Republic figures that used to meet at Čapek’s home.
Prague 10 Town Hall said there was so much interest in visiting the villa, which it is planning to renovate, that a second open day will be held on August 9.
The reigning domestic football league champions Viktoria Plzeň got off to
a winning start in a game that raised the curtain on the 2018–2019 season
on Friday evening. The West Bohemians came from behind to beat Dukla Prague
3:1 in the capital, with all three goals coming in the final quarter of the
Having never previously won the league, Plzeň have lifted the title five times since the 2010–2011 season.
The Social Democrat minister of agriculture, Miroslav Toman, is creating a
commission to oversee an audit relating to the restitution of church
property, the newspaper Právo reported on Saturday. Mr. Toman told the
daily that the commission – due to start work at the end of this month
– would focus on the forestry agency Lesy ČR and other bodies under his
ministry that had in the past handed anything over to churches under
divisive legislation passed five years ago.
The recently installed government of ANO and the Social Democrats say that financial settlements made to churches in lieu of property seized by the Communists after 1948 should be taxed. That was a demand of the present-day Communist Party for supporting the minority coalition on key votes. Critics say the move is akin to imposing a charge on a robbery victim.
The Egyptian who stabbed to death a Czech tourist and injured two German
tourists on a beach in Hurgada last year has been found to suffer from a
brain disorder and will likely not be held accountable for his actions, the
Egyptian charge dáffaires Rany Mohie Eldin informed Czech foreign ministry
officials on Friday. He has not ruled out some form of compensation for the
Mr. Mohie Eldin said that the attacker was being held in detention and in view of the medical conclusions would most likely be placed in a mental health institution.
Some sixty Czech followers of the spiritual movement Falun Gong gathered
outside the Chinese Embassy in Prague on Friday for a silent protest
against human rights abuse in China and the persecution of Falun Gong
The protest –at which most participants quietly meditated – aimed to raise awareness of the fact that Falun Gong followers in China are killed in connection with the illegal trade in organs. Some participants held up photos of people killed for this purpose, while others had their mouths taped over.
There were participants dressed as doctors and Chinese police who acted out scenes of the atrocities taking place against Falun Gong followers.
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.
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