A court in Prague has sentenced three Dutch citizens, who took part in the
brutal attack on a waiter at an outdoor restaurant in the centre of Prague
on Saturday, with eight month suspended sentences for disorderly conduct.
They have also been expelled from the Czech Republic for five years and
have to leave the country within the next five days.
Another two Dutch citizens, who are accused of causing grievous bodily harm, have been taken into custody. The attack in the centre of Prague was sparked after the waiter told the Dutch tourists they were not allowed to bring in alcohol to consume on the premises. The injured man was taken to hospital in a serious condition and has undergone a surgery.
Prague councillors on Thursday failed to take a decision on whether to
approve the demolition of Libeň bridge, a 1928 construction with Cubist
elements. Mayor Adriana Krnáčová ended the session early because the
councillors couldn’t agree on its programme for the session.
Earlier this week, the city council’s executive committee decided to support the demolition of the historic bridge and build a new one in its place. The bridge is in a dangerous state and had to be closed to most traffic for seven weeks this year.
A newborn Czech girl has undergone a thymus transplant in a hospital in
London, Prague Motol Hospital informed in a press release on Thursday. She
is the first Czech to ever undergo such surgery, which is aimed at renewing
her immunity system.
The girl was born without a thymus gland, which develops white blood cells to help fight infection, and therefore her body never developed an immune system. The patient remains under the supervision of both Czech and British doctors.
One person died following a leak of phenol from a tanker in Děčín in
north Bohemia on Thursday morning, which occurred at a local chemical plant
producing detergents and various raw materials.
Altogether 16 people required medical treatment, after inhaling the fumes or suffering chemical burns. An investigation has been launched into the release of the dangerous chemical substance.
The head of the Czech Roman Catholic Church, Cardinal Dominik Duka, who
turned 75 on Thursday, has tendered his resignation to the Pope, the Prague
Archbishopric has announced.
It is now up to the pontiff to decide whether he will extend the Prague Archbishop’s mandate.
Supporters including President Miloš Zeman say the church leader should be allowed to continue in the post, while some Czech Catholics are in favour of him being replaced.
Around 200 people blocked Prague’s Libeň Bridge on Wednesday evening in
protest at plans from the city authorities to demolish and replace the
structure. The demonstrators also said a new bridge should not be
commissioned, as the city envisages, without an architecture competition.
The demonstration lasted several minutes. Some people protested from beneath the bridge in kayaks.
Libeň Bridge dates from 1928 and features elements of Cubist architecture.
In a ceremony at Prague Castle President Miloš Zeman on Wednesday
appointed Aleš Opata chief of the general staff of the Czech Army. He
replaces Josef Bečvář, who has been dismissed from the post.
Lieutenant General Opata, who will officially take charge at the start of May, says his priorities are to develop the country’s ground forces and to continue to recruit more soldiers.
Dutch media have published the identities of seven men arrested by Prague
police following a brutal attack on a waiter at an outdoor restaurant in
the centre of the city on Saturday. One of the group is a police officer
from Amsterdam, iDnes.cz reported, quoting a Dutch news site.
IDnes.cz cited somebody close to the investigation as saying all of the men had martial arts experience. Video footage shows them beating up a waiter, who had told the group they were not allowed to drink their own alcohol at the restaurant. The victim later required surgery.
One of the Czech Republic’s best-known brewing companies, Plzeňský
Prazdroj, produced a record 11 million hectoliters of beer last year, a
spokesperson said on Wednesday. That was a volume increase of 3 percent
year on year for the brewer, which makes Pilsner Urquell. Exports grew by 8
percent in 2017.
Last year Plzeňský Prazdroj was bought by the Japanese group Asahi from SABMiller.
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