The Czech minister of defence, Lubomír Metnar, who is facing suspicions of
shortcomings in academic work he produced during his student career, has
said he would address the issue within a week. Metnar said he would have
his thesis examined in order to ascertain the extent of the problem.
Czech Television said that Mr. Metnar failed to include references to the sources he drew on in a thesis submitted in 2004. Two ministers have resigned from the recently installed coalition government over accusations of plagiarism.
The defence minister did not rule out resignation if wrongdoing was confirmed.
The Czech film director Julius Ševčík has completed shooting on an
adaptation of the novel The Glass Room by Simon Mawer, Czech Television
reported. The book was partly inspired by Brno’s Tugendhat Villa, one of
the most important Czech buildings of the 20th century. The movie features
among others the Czech actors Karel Roden and Karel Dobrý.
Director Ševčík’s previous work A Prominent Patient, which was about politician Jan Masaryk, picked up 12 prizes at the Czech Lion film awards.
Sixty Czech families must leave their homes within one month after losing a
court case. They were clients of a now bankrupt building company called
H-System and have now definitively lost a legal battle with the
administrator of their properties at Horoměřice near Prague, Josef
Mr. Monsport wants their apartments to be sold off to the benefit of other former clients of H-System, which was subject to asset stripping.
Justice Minister Jan Kněžínek said it was not appropriate for him to comment on the Supreme Court’s decision. However, he did highlight the possibility of the clients going to the Constitutional Court. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš described the verdict as unjust.
Three police officers in Ostrava who had their photos taken with the
convicted murderer Jiří Kajínek have been punished. However, the police
do not reveal the specific sanctions involved in such disciplinary cases.
In spring the policemen’s superiors condemned the three, saying their
action had threatened the honour of the profession.
The three posted on social media pictures of themselves with Kajínek, who has become something of a celebrity with a certain segment of the Czech population since being pardoned by President Miloš Zeman.
Tuesday is the 85th anniversary of the launch of construction work on
Prague airport. The site in the Ruzyně district was selected after the
city’s first airfield at Kbely proved inadequate. The building of the
airport took almost four years and the first flight from Ruzyně took place
in April 1937.
Decades of intermittent growth followed, with the most recent expansion being the opening of Terminal 2 in 2006. It was renamed Václav Havel Airport Prague in 2012, the year after the former president’s death.
Firefighters have ferried water to a fish pond in the East Bohemian town of
Přelouč to save carp and zander suffering due to a fall in the water
level, iDnes.cz reported on Tuesday. Recent dry weather has had a dramatic
impact on local ponds and administrators say they find dozens of dead fish
every day, the news site said.
Fish farmers say filling ponds is the only way to keep oxygen-starved fish alive. As the traditional seasonal food, the carp should reach Czech dinner tables next Christmas.
The opposition Christian Democrats have proposed legislation that would bar
private individuals from running zoos, iDnes.cz reported on Tuesday. The
move comes after a recent case involving the killing of tigers to produce
traditional Asian medicines. Under the bill only municipalities, regional
authorities and the state would be allowed to operate zoos.
For his part, the ANO prime minister, Andrej Babiš, says big cats ought to be in zoos that are administered by the state.
Police have charged several people with the unauthorised treatment of animals over the tiger killings. The case is allegedly linked to a zoo park north of Prague.
Jaroslav Staník, a former secretary of the extreme-right opposition
Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) movement, will be tried in court over
statements he made about Jews, Roma and homosexuals.
Staník has been charged with fomenting hatred towards a group of people, infringing upon their rights and freedoms, and denying the Holocaust while calling for genocide. If found guilty, he faces up to three years in prison.
According to eyewitnesses, including fellow MPs, Staník said last October that homosexuals, Roma and Jews should be shot at birth, and called for members of those minority groups to be gassed. He had allegedly been drinking heavily when he made the comments in the restaurant of the lower house of parliament.
Police detained 2,376 illegal immigrants in the Czech Republic in the first
six months of 2018, the interior ministry said in a quarterly migration
report released on Tuesday. Most were from Ukraine, Moldova and Russia.
The report noted an annual rise of only 132 illegal immigrants being detained in January through June, signalling that the situation has stabilised since the migrant crisis of 2015/2016.
In terms of so-called transiting illegal migration across the Czech Republic, the ministry noted just 124 cases, of whom 69 were from Iraq, 15 from Nigeria and 10 from Syria.
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